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Clare writes inspirational romance, usually of a suspenseful nature. Her books are available through her publisher Pelican Book Group and Amazon. She is married with three kids and lives in the UK. She loves watching sci-fi, crime drama, cross stitching, reading and baking.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Review - Mercies in Disguise by JoAnn Carter




A behind the scene look at The Roarin' Twenties Series ~
 
I have to let you in on a secret... I've been having a blast with this project! I'm thrilled at the release of the second book in this series, Mercies In Disguise. I think what has made this particular book so special to me is the setting. You see the Pine Barrens of New Jersey was where I grew up.
 
I love the woods. I realize some city folks would get nervous following a seemingly never-ending dirt path, where every tree looks the same – tall and scrawny—but it's home to me. I've learned many lessons in the pines, but I think the most important is "looks can be deceiving." Now, I must admit, scrub pine trees aren't the most attractive trees in the world. In fact, they look as if a good wind could knock them over. However, it isn't what you see on the outside that's most important. Rather, it's what you can't see – their complex root system – which is crucial to not only their survival, but their ability to thrive.
 
The soil in this neck of the woods is pure sand. It gets very dry and fires can wipe out acres upon acres in mere hours. But these hardy little pines have an amazing resilience. It's all because of their roots. They get burned, totally scorched and you'd think nothing could ever grow back, but wait even just a few weeks and before you know it, little shoots are sprouting back up. Within a few years, you can't even tell there had been a fire. What an awesome object lesson God blessed me with in my own backyard!
 
We see this same kind of strength through the main character, Abigail, in this story. In the midst of disappointments, storms life sends her way, and the fears she needs to face, her "roots" in Christ keeps her grounded. I hope her story (as well has her hero's) will be an encouragement to you. No matter what you may be facing today, if your "roots" are grounded in Christ, He'll see you through.
 
Blessings, my friends! Until next time~
JoAnn
 


What's Mercies In Disguise is about:
Abigail Madison, a gentle quiet spirit, has always dreamed of a life away from her mother’s controlling ways. Even more than that, she’s dreamed of finding someone with whom she could share her life with. However, her shyness is often taken as aloofness and no marital prospects were anywhere to be found. What was to become of her hopes?

Stanley Fisher, the Steamboat pilot of the Ticonderoga, was drafted and fought in World War I. The experiences he lived though on the battlefield left him wounded -- but not in a way that the naked eye could see. Yet, when he meets Abigail, he yearns for a love like his best friend and Captain of the Ti, Philip found in Ellie. However, with his recurring nightmares from war, what does he have to offer to this special woman? 
EXCERPT
Abigail's dark hair hung to her shoulders, framing her fair face in shiny curls and her green eyes sparkled when he asked if he could take her bag. A slight blush colored her high cheekbones. He was in trouble -- deep trouble. She was every bit as beautiful in person as she was in the photograph Ellie had given him earlier today when she asked him to pick up her friend at the train station. Like a magnet, the picture had held him captive. And now that he saw her in person... he gulped. As his fellow bell bottoms would say, she was a doll. And although she was very quiet, the longer they talked he couldn't help but notice her beautiful, expressive eyes. They held a sort of tempered peace, or perhaps it was contentment, which he found completely unattainable.

Never before had he been so enamored, nor had he ever had as much reason to keep far away from that allure. He needed to stay strong. The serenity in her eyes would vanish if she knew the sorrow buried within his heart and how it affected him. Granted, his war wounds didn't leave any scars on the outside, but they were too numerous to count on the inside.

Lord, help me overcome the past.

He took a deep breath and stepped back, widening the space between them. If he could just turn off his thoughts and stop dwelling on his recurring nightmares, he'd be great.

Time. 

He was sure that's all it would take... time to put his experiences behind him. Meanwhile, he had God, work, friends, and most importantly, the determination to make it through -- somehow, someway -- without being a total killjoy and dragging a beautiful woman into the mess of his life.

Abigail finished the letter, tucked it into her handbag, and gazed trustingly into his eyes. "Will you please take me to the steamboat now?"

Stanley nodded and offered her his elbow. "I'd love to." To fill the time and keep his mind off her tiny hand warming not only his arm, but also a place in his heart, he asked, "Have you been on board the Ti before?"

Abigail nodded. "A time or two. My family and I once resided here in Vermont."

"Ah, so that's where you know Ellie from."

"Yes. We've been best friends since grade school." 
 
Purchase Link: http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-262/The-Roarin%27-Twenties-Book/Detail.bok also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as other e-book retailers.
 

My Review:

In the second of the roaring twenties books, we are reunited with old friends and meet new ones. Abigail is about to embark on a new life...only it doesn't turn out to be the one she's expecting. Torn between what she wants and what she's been given, Abigail finds she has to lean on God for answers. 

This story doesn't leave you wanting...except to find out what happens next. Ms Carter pulls you headlong into the 1920's and doesn't let you up for air until the last page is turned. Full of twists and turns and deeply rich characters and scenery, this is one to keep and re-read.

5/5

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About the author:
JoAnn Carter writes stories that will encourage your faith through her inspirational romances. She resides in Vermont with her wonderful husband and four children. JoAnn is available for speaking engagements to book clubs, reader groups, library groups, women's ministry events, school events and church retreats.
 
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Friday, 27 April 2012

Release Day - Monday's Child by Clare Revell


Based on the new version of the nursery rhyme Monday's Child comes a new series of romantic suspense novels by Clare Revell. One for every day of the week.


Monday’s Child must hide for protection,
Tuesday’s Child tenders direction
Wednesday’s Child grieves for his soul
Thursday’s Child chases the whole
Fridays Child is a man obsessed
Saturday’s Child might be possessed
And Sunday’s Child on life’s seas is tossed
Awaiting the Lifeboat that rescues the lost.






Blurb:


Monday’s Child must hide for protection...


This was not the assignment Luke Nemec expected when he came to the UK—babysitting a beautiful widow. It wouldn’t be so bad if Sara wasn’t such a hostile witness. Despite her complaints and continued jibes, Luke finds himself falling for her.

When, Sara Barnes is thrown into the witness protection programme, she becomes the “wife” of Lt. Luke Nemec, an American cop on temporary assignment with the British police. Despite Luke’s American bravado, she finds he’s kind and considerate in ways her late husband never was.

But things aren’t always what they seem, and Luke soon realizes he’s fighting a battle of two fronts to keep Sara safe. Loyalties are called into question, and he’s no longer certain who he can trust. Luke is way out of his depth. As the threats against Sara escalate, it’s a race against time to find her husband’s killer before Sara is silenced forever.

Excerpt:

Luke smiled at her and offered his hand.

Sara ignored it, staring aghast at Wilcox, shock resonating through her, and not just at his abrupt tone. Was there something wrong with her hearing? There was no rank of lootenant in the English police force, for one thing. Or leftenant come to that. For another, he didn’t look like a soldier, and—wait a minute, did he say marriage? “I’m sorry?”

“Lieutenant Nemec will be with you on a full-time basis. As far as the world is concerned, you’ll be his wife. First name terms only.”

Furious, Sara shook her head. Her eyes narrowed and her lips set. “Oh, no. There is absolutely no way, either in this lifetime or the next, that—”

“Sara—”

“Don’t you Sara me. I am not going to live with anyone, Inspector. Especially someone I’ve only just met. And I am definitely not marrying him.” She glanced at Luke, deliberately pronouncing his title the English way. “No offence, Leftenant Nemec.”

Luke slid his hands into his pockets. “None taken, but my name is Luke. If it helps any, I was just told myself.”

Taken aback by his accent, Sara did a double take. “You’re American.”

“And you’re British.” He tilted his head, flashing his teeth in a broad smile.

Giveaway:

Anyone who comments on here will be entered into a draw for a PDF copy of Monday's Child.


Buy Links


Ebook from pelican books

Paperback from pelican books

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Barnes and Noble will have it too at some point

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Review - Future Savior by Jennifer Hartz



Future Savior book 1 - Conception
Blurb:
"I do not think it is a question of where, but when." were the words that Charis left my mother with thirty years ago when I disappeared from Meric…before I was born. 

Shortly after being sent back I've been attacked by man-eating Vaipes. I've learned that my father was a power wielding Guardian. I've discovered that the silvery-blue eyes intriguing me my entire life belong to my Watcher, Shaw who is without a doubt the most handsome man I have ever seen. And somehow I need to stop a war mongering tyrant who can manipulate people's thoughts. 

So my question isn't where or when. It is how? How can I help the people of Meric when I can't stop myself from falling in love?

review:
Christina's life while not exciting is full filling. A High School PE teacher she is amused when one of her students asks her to the High School Prom, although she knocks back the request she can't get his blue eyes out of her mind. She's seen them before several times over the course of her life. That night she passes out in a restroom and wakens in a magical world to find she's not who she thought she was and her student isn't who she thought he was.

Russell is in fact Shaw, a shape shifter who has been watching over her the whole of her life. Transplanted into another woman's womb to keep her safe, Christina has been called to her homeland of Meric to save her people.

This story has everything a sci-fi or fantasy lover will enjoy. Elves, dwarves, (but not the ones Christina imagines from Earth culture) mythical creatures, not to mention green chickens and Biblical parallels, as Christina discovers who she is. The descriptions of Meric are wonderful, the country and it's people coming as alive as Tolkin's Middle Earth.

The first of a series, this one ends on a cliff hanger. I shall definitely be looking out for the next one in the series. Well worth reading.
5/5




Blurb

Time matters very little when you're dead. I discovered this intriguing fact after being tortured and stabbed to a tree in the strange land of Meric, a place where I discovered my unbelievable powers and experienced an adventure far more amazing than I could have ever imagined. 

Now that I'm dead, I find myself stuck in my past, 1991 to be exact… or am I actually dead? Perhaps my adventure to Meric had just been a dream. My unbelievable destiny, all of the friends I made, and even Shaw, the man I fell in love with… just a dream? bridge that gap and get their intimacy back on track? 

Review 

Resurrection takes up the story from where Conception leaves off. Christina is dead and the forces of evil are amassing in Meric. Or is she dead? Stuck in her past she’s unsure what’s the dream and what is reality.

Just as gripping as book one, the second book in this series pulls you into its pages and sets you off on a rollercoaster or a ride. Full of vivid landscapes, battles, and loves lost, it has enough twists and shocks to leave you breathless and wanting more.

5/5




Friday, 20 April 2012

New release and review. Lesson in Lone Creek - Mary Manners




Blurb:
Nick Merrill longs for adventure, and he finds it as one of the most highly-praised smoke jumpers on the West Coast. But when his best friend dies fighting a blaze, he returns to Lone Creek Ranch to shake off the loss. There he finds Sawyer Landon, a local middle school teacher who has a gift for reaching even the most difficult kids. When Sawyer asks him to speak at the school's annual Career Day, sparks fly. But Nick knows teaching and adventure are as polar opposite as it get--or are they?

Review:
5/5
Another winner from Mary Manners.

The third in the Lone Creek series doesn't disappoint. Nick, a smoke jumper, returns home after the death of his best friend. Asked to make a delivery of flyers for the ranch to the local school, he gets more than he bargained for in the form of teacher Sawyer and her foster son Alex.

This book doesn’t fail to delight. The wonderful characters pull you inside their story, making you a participant not a reader. Feeling what they do, you’re along for the ride with Nick and Sawyer. A breathtaking journey through laughter and tears that leaves you wanting more.



Saturday, 14 April 2012

Review - By the light of the silvery moon by Tricia Goyer



Blurb:
Amelia Gladstone's hopes are tied up in the Titanic--hopes for a reunion with her sister and an introduction to an admirer. But when she offers a spare ticket to a down-and-out young man, her fate is about to change.

Quentin Walpole is stunned when a sweet lady secures his passage to America--and even more surprised to find his wealthy father and older brother on board the ship. Suddenly Amelia finds herself caught between the attentions of two men, but who should she entrust her heart to? As the fateful night arrives, will Amelia lose everything to the icy waters?

Review:
In By the light of the silvery moon, Trica Goyer has penned a riveting novel that had me gripped from the opening pages. History comes to life in a compelling, spine chilling way. The reader knows the end of the story and the characters came to life in such a way that I almost didn't want to reach the end of the book. I found myself screaming at them to get off in Queenstown and not to carry on to New York.

I loved the sub plot of the prodigal son. And the twist was excellent and I didn't see it coming. 

I ended the book in floods of tears and its already back in my TBR pile. It was extra poignant reading it on the 10th and 11 April. Born in Southampton, I know the story of the Titanic inside out. And this is one of the best 'based on' books I have read.

5/5 stars


An interview with the author:

Q: By the Light of the Silvery Moon is a fictional story taking place on the decks of the Titanic. How do you think this setting enhanced the story?

Every author tries to weave conflict into a story—it's that conflict and tension that keep readers turning pages. Because the sinking of the Titanic is so well known, the tension is built in. As my character Amelia is being wooed by two men, the reader knows what's coming—an iceberg is ahead!

Q: This novel has appropriate timing, releasing on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. How heavily did you research the Titanic before writing By the Light of the Silvery Moon?

You should see my stack of books on the Titanic; it's as tall as me! I've read through many books—not just recently but over the last fifteen years. I've watched many documentaries, too. I've been fascinated by the Titanic for a while, and I was excited about the opportunity to write this novel.

My whole family also visited the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Missouri. It was amazing! They had a complete model of the Titanic, and numerous artifacts like life vests, watches, and purses. They had models of the staircase, the staterooms, and the decks. Each of us received boarding passes of actual passengers and we read about their lives as we went along. My passenger—a young mother—didn't survive. Probably the most emotionally powerful element was a water tank that held water at the temperature of the frigid ocean so many people plunged into. I put my hand into it and after ten seconds it was aching. The museum brought to life what I'd been reading about.

Q: Did you take steps to ensure the story remained historically accurate or did you let your imagination run wild?

I worked hard to ensure the story remained historically accurate. All the time is true—when the ship launched, when they reached France and Ireland, when they set out in the open ocean, when the first ice was spotted, when the lifeboats were launched, etc. I researched the layout and decorations of the ship. I even made sure things like what they ate and the musical entertainment were correct. I included real passengers within my story, too.

My creativity came in with my primary characters. There was no Amelia Gladstone or Damian and Quentin Walpole on the Titanic. They are purely figments of my imagination.

Q: By the Light of the Silvery Moon parallels the story of the prodigal son from the Bible. How is this story different than the Biblical version?

This story is different because it's set on the Titanic for starters! I did try to keep the heart of the prodigal son story—the emotions of the brothers and the love of the father especially. While the Bible doesn't describe if the brothers ever reconciled, there is some level of reconciliation in my novel—but I don't want to give too much away!

Q: How is By the Light of the Silvery Moon different from other novels you’ve written?

This is the first novel I've written about an event so widely known. There are THOUSANDS of books written on the Titanic. I am certain that experts can find little things I may not have researched enough. . .like the correct size
of the linen napkins or things like that. As I wrote, there were those doubts and worries if Titanic diehard fans would enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed it, but in the end I had peace. I love the story, and I loved bringing the prodigal son story to life. Yes, there is room for one more story about the Titanic—especially when it can highlight the love of God.

Q: What do you hope readers take away from By the Light of the Silvery Moon?

I hope they'll understand more about the Titanic. As with all my novels I believe that bringing history to life honors those from the past.

I also hope their understanding of God's love and forgiveness and open arms will grow, too. As someone who didn't grow up having a relationship with my father, the love of my heavenly father can be hard for me to grasp. For readers who have the same experience, I hope they'll take away a deeper understanding of God's undying love.


Friday, 13 April 2012

New release & review - Deadly Chase by Wendy Davy



Deadly Chase

Sierra Malone trusted the wrong man and now he's trying to kill her. After narrowly escaping Kevin Eason's brutal attack, Sierra leaves her home, her family, and everything familiar. She finds temporary shelter, but it provides little relief from her constant fear. Desperate and alone, she considers an offer of protection from a stranger--but she soon learns he's harboring a potentially deadly secret. Chase Price wants Eason behind bars, and he's willing to do anything to get him there, even if it means waiting for Eason to strike again. With an innocent life on the line, Chase sets out to finish this battle once and for all--but he soon learns guarding Eason's beautiful victim leaves him wanting much more than he anticipated.

Review:
In a spine-tingling tale that pulls the reader in and doesn't leave them wanting, Ms. Davy keeps you on the edge of your seat in her newest release. It shows both sides of love and protection. She doesn't hide the evil side of some relationships, rather faces the issue head on and shines a light on a subject normally left hidden. 5/5





Stranded

When wildlife photographer Savannah Matthews takes an unexpected detour off of Belize’s scenic coast and becomes stranded on a lush, tropical island, she senses she’s about to encounter something wild and dangerous—something from a long ago, forgotten past. What she does find, will change her life forever. Scarred both physically and emotionally, Grant Duncan guards his privacy. Those who dare set foot on his private island come face-to-face with his fierce determination, and long-handled spear. But, when Savannah arrives, she challenges him like no other. Will Savannah break through Grant’s barriers, and convince him God still has a plan for his life?

Review:
I love this one. Where else can you get pure, gripping entertainment with a happy ending for $1 or under £1. Ms. Davy has combined faith, drama, intriguing 3D characters and an island paradise in a whirlwind page turner. A short story, only 41 pages, it loses nothing in the telling and leaves the reader with a warm satisfied feeling. 5/5



Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The cover fairy came a'calling

And she left me these. Done by the multi-talented Nicola Martinez. And a reminder of Monday's Child too which is released on April 27th!



Monday's Child must hide for protection...

This was not the assignment Luke Nemec expected when he came to the UK—babysitting a beautiful widow. It wouldn’t be so bad if Sara wasn’t such a hostile witness. Despite her complaints and continued jibes, Luke finds himself falling for her.
When, Sara Barnes is thrown into the witness protection programme, she becomes the “wife” of Lt. Luke Nemec, an American cop on temporary assignment with the British police. Despite Luke’s American bravado, she finds he’s kind and considerate in ways her late husband never was.
But things aren’t always what they seem, and Luke soon realizes he’s fighting a battle of two fronts to keep Sara safe. Loyalties are called into question, and he’s no longer certain who he can trust. Luke is way out of his depth. As the threats against Sara escalate, it’s a race against time to find her husband’s killer before Sara is silenced forever.




Tuesday's Child tenders direction...


Deaf from the age of five, Adeline Munroe now runs the local dolls hospital with her best friend Jasmine and constant companion, hearing dog, Ben. Haunted by visions, she 'sees' each murder either as or just before they happen.

Detective Sergeant Nate Holmes is investigating the herbalist serial killings. Things are complicated when he falls for one of the witnesses. As more women die, and Adeline becomes the prime target, is time running out for them both?











 Wednesday's Child grieves for his soul...

Liam Page, school teacher, ex missionary, is a man with a secret. He doesn’t have time for anything except revenge until he tips a vase of flowers over the woman who turns out to be the school’s landscape architect.

Jacqui Dorne prefers work to men. It’s safer. Liam changes that. Their growing relationship is marred by the reappearance of Vince, Jacqui’s ex-boyfriend.

Suddenly caught up in events beyond their control, they end up back in Endarra fighting for both love and life on the same mission field where Liam’s wife died.


Review - Bella Lucia by Joanne Troppello



Blurb:
After being married for six years, Gwen and Lucas DeStefano are dealing with the pain of a childless marriage and trying to trust God for their future.  On a weekend getaway to the Poconos, they attempt to relax and renew their marriage, but witness an event that turns their lives upside down.  They see a body dump in the woods while they are on a hike and their lives become entangled in a web of suspense and God’s ultimate blessing in the form of a little baby girl, named Bella Lucia. Will Gwen learn to trust God with childlike faith and wholeheartedly accept His plan?

Det. Marc Abrams is assigned to the murder investigation of Sabrina Reysen and he will do whatever it takes to find her killer. He has his suspicions and is pleasantly surprised when he meets Samantha “Sam” Collins, the attractive US Marshall assigned to protect one of the witnesses in this case. Will Det. Abrams find the killer before it’s too late and is the attraction between him and Sam strong enough to survive?

Review:
I couldn't put this novel down once I began it. The story, told from multiple view points, is captivating and a real page turner, as each of the characters struggle with the situation they find themselves in. The one thing binding them is their faith, even in the most dire of situations, they know God is right there with them. Gwen's anguish over being childless turns to joy at the chance of adopting, but of course its not plain sailing.
With enough twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes, plenty of angst and action, this is one to curl up with and not put down.
4½ / 5



Bella Lucia is avaliable from www.astraeapress.com

Saturday, 7 April 2012

review - Samaritan by Robin Bayne


blurb:
Tim Gardner has worked hard to rebuild the family business after his older brother nearly destroyed it. He’s restored the clientele base and the restaurant's reputation. But if Rachel Martin can’t get her act together, she won’t fulfill his orders for the Gardner’s Gazebo signature dessert, a gold-leaf cheese cake, which also happens to be Rachel’s secret recipe.
When Rachel Martin's partner abandons their bakery and catering business to study with the master chefs in Paris, she's left with nothing but bills and obligations-and no one in Portlandville seems able or willing to help her. No one except for Timothy Gardner, and she knows the handsome young man is only after one thing—her cheese cake. But as she gets to know him, during her time of need, she wonders if maybe there’s a little bit more in the mix. And as Tim gets to know Rachel, he finds himself wanting to be her Good Samaritan--permanently.

excerpt:
“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11. 
“What do you mean, he’s gone?” Rachel Martin looked up from her menu-planner to her sister who waved an envelope in the air. She tapped her foot impatiently under the wood dining table.
“I mean,” Sandy said, tilting her red head and extending the envelope, “Davie’s gone, and he left you this.”
Rachel’s spine straightened, and she squeezed the bridge of her nose before taking the envelope. Willing her hands not to tremble, she opened the unsealed flap and shook out two crisp sheets of folded paper. While Sandy waited, Rachel began to read silently.
My Dearest Rachelle,
I’m so sorry to depart so abruptly, but I’ve accepted a once-in-a-lifetime offer to study under France’s top pastry chef. What an opportunity! I had to leave immediately or risk losing the position, and I apologize for everything, but I must find my true calling. Enclosed is a letter for the bank, giving you full access to the company account. Say farewell to dear Sandra for me, and have a wonderful life using your incredible culinary talents. You’ve been a marvelous partner, but this is what I must do with my future.
Au Revoir, Davie.

review:
4½ stars
Left in the lurch when her business partner leaves her, Rachel doesn’t need the additional hassle from one of her clients over orders she can’t fulfil. Nor does is she about to sell him her secret recipe—even if it is the signature dish for his restaurant. In Samaritan, Ms. Bayne has crafted a wonderful tale of growing friendship, faith and love. The characters spring to life on the pages of the story in a way that has you rooting for them from the get go. Beautiful settings, mouthwatering food you can almost smell, enhance the story making it a joy to read.

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Review - Gypsy's Game - Delia Latham

Gypsy's Game by Delia Latham


Blurb:
Gypsy Lovell stands to inherit an enormous amount of money from a father who never gave her anything but a ridiculous name. Even now, he doesn’t make it easy. A stipulation in the man’s will demands that Gypsy be married in order to claim what is hers. Desperate for the monetary windfall that could save her ailing mother’s life, Gypsy visits a Christian dating agency, hoping to find a temporary husband. Someone easy to handle for the required six months, and easy to get rid of when she no longer needs him.

Jal Garridan is neither of those things, but he's willing to take on the challenge presented by the beautiful stranger—on his own terms. What Gypsy doesn’t know is that Solomon’s Gate is a dating agency with a Divine connection. What she finds there may save more than her mother’s life. It may save Gypsy’s soul.

Buy Link


review
5/5 stars

Gypsy needs a husband fast. Jal needs a wife. When they meet at Solomon's Gate Dating Agency it seems the answer to everyone's needs. Only Gypsy doesn't want a long term deal and Jal, as a Christian, doesn't believe in divorce. When the angel Solomon tells Gypsy to 'trust and follow' she marries Jal, little prepared for what lies ahead.

Ms. Latham does it again with the next in the Solomon's Gate books. Romance with a difference as the first comes love, then comes marriage is turned on its head. There is nothing not to like about this book. The pages turn by themselves as the story unfold in glorious technicolour. Seriously, technicolour. This one pulls you in and leaves you wanting more.

Interview with Delia:
Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself?

Let's see...sometimes my name eludes me. LOL  Just being silly, of course, although I will admit to having been so caught up in a character while writing that I forget I'm me, not the heroine!

But in real life I'm Delia Latham. I was born and raised in California, but transplanted to Oklahoma with my husband in '08.  I'm a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend—but above all, I treasures my role as child of the King and heir to the throne of God. I enjoy big, loud, happy family gatherings. Most of my time is spent writing or doing writing-related things, but I also love to play piano and sing, read, enjoy nature’s beauty, and design marketing products for authors.

Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there?

I live about 35 miles south of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hubby and I moved here when he was medically retired with COPD, and the doctors ordered him OUT of California's San Joaquin Valley...if he wanted to live. Since breathing is always preferable to NOT breathing...here we are. 

What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn't know?

I love scary movies. LOVE them. Not blood and gore, but scare me out of my wits suspense - oh, yeah.

What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to reach your Happily-ever-after?

I met my husband when I was 11. He was already at the grand "old age" of 15+, so of course he didn't notice me - other than his best friend's skinny little sister! LOL  I had to grow up (not much, since we got married when I was 16!) and make him notice me for myself.

Tell us about your knight in shining armour. What makes him so special?

I don't think any woman, anywhere, has a husband like mine. I have a lot of health problems, and he takes care of me. Patiently and without question...he just does it. If the pain keeps me from cleaning, he cleans. If I can't bend over to get to the laundry, he washes clothes. He cooks. And through it all, he still loves me. That's pretty special!

The first time you saw him, what did you think? Did you like him immediately, or did he have to grow on you?

From the moment I saw him, I knew I wanted to marry him when I grew up. LOL  When I played house with my friends, I was always Mrs. Johnny Latham.

And now some silly questions.

Pepsi or coke (But only if those two are the only choices. I'm a die-hard Dr. Pepper fan.)

tea or coffee Neither, to be honest. I don't really like tea OR coffee. But on really, really cold days, I'll sometimes have a cup of herbal tea, highly sweetened.

elephant or tiger  Tiger - but only at a distance and with a strong fence between us....

roast dinner or burger and chips (fries for our US readers)  Roast dinner.With carrots and potatoes...mmm. I'm not much of a fast-food person.

classical music or pop  What? No country western or Southern Gospel???  LOL

sunrise or sunset  Sunset. I am NOT a morning person, since I'm usually up well into the wee hours writing.

walk or run  I'm not sure I could run if I had a tribe of wild Indians chasing me!

chocolate or crisps (chips for our US readers)  Chocolate - with caramel, thank you very much.


Interview with Gypsy Lovell:

Gypsy, I love your name! Very unusual.
Thank you…I’m learning to like it. To be honest, it was a thorn in my side while growing up. But I know a few things now that I didn’t know then. That ‘inside knowledge’ makes my name a little easier to live with.

Intriguing! Are you going to share those things with us, or can they only be discovered by reading your story?

Oh, you definitely have to read my story! J

So tell me about Solomon’s Gate. What made you decide to go there?

Pure and simple desperation. I needed a husband, and I needed him fast. Since I was obviously going to have to marry someone I didn’t even know, it seemed to me that finding him at a Christian agency would provide at least some element of safety. (A little self-conscious laugh…) I also had the mistaken idea that Christian men were pushovers. I hoped it would be easier for me to keep the upper hand with a guy who wore Christ like some kind of badge. Boy, was I ever in for a surprise!

I’m sure you were! From what I’ve picked up about Jal Garridan, he’s anything but a pushover. His offer to marry you came with conditions, didn’t it?

It certainly did – and I was not happy about any of them! If I’d had any choice, I would have told him to forget it and gone looking for someone else. (A dazzling smile…) Thank God I didn’t have that choice!

You’re very close to your mother, Adriana. What was her reaction to your marriage of convenience?

Mama surprised me by loving Jal immediately. She never had a doubt, and constantly encouraged me to make things work – not only with Jal, but with all the wonderful friends he brought into my life.

She’s obviously a very wise woman. Gypsy, what did you think the first time you met Solomon?

Oh…what can I say about Solomon? Meeting him was the most amazing thing that had ever happened to me at the time. I had a difficult time deciding whether I’d dreamed him, or if he was real. You have to understand that, not only had I never seen an angel (which I’m learning is true of most people), but I really wasn’t even familiar with the concept. I knew, of course, what the word ‘angel’ meant, from a strictly academic standpoint. But that they actually exist had never one time crossed my mind. So seeing Solomon in all his incredible beauty, hearing his voice…actually touching him – it was an experience I don’t even have words to explain.

Just thinking about it gives me goose bumps! J I understand Destiny Gallagher is very familiar with what you referred to as “the concept” of angels.

Destiny knows more about angels than anyone else I’ve met, but even she hasn’t actually seen Solomon, except in dreams. Still, she was endlessly kind to me, and helped me understand things. I will always consider her one of my dearest friends.

Friends. That’s kind of a new concept for you, as well, isn’t it?

Absolutely! Solomon’s Gate and Jal have changed my life in more ways than I can count. Having a solid friendship circle is one of the most incredible blessings to me. I never had a real friend prior to stepping inside Solomon’s Gate. I only had acquaintances and co-workers. And I thought that’s the way I wanted it…but God changed my mind and showed me something so much better.

Well, your story fills in all the gaps and makes perfectly clear all the ways God changed your life. I encourage everyone to read it, because it’ll be a blessing to them, as well. Gypsy, thank you for answering my questions. Is there anything you’d like to say to readers?

Just that I hope they enjoy my story, and that it leads them a little closer to accepting God’s blessings in their own lives. Also, don’t be too quick to brush it off as fanciful when you think you hear the flutter of unseen wings....

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Review of Journey's Edge by Dora Hiers


Today we have Dora Heirs and her new release Journey's Edge





Blurb:
A Routine Audit? Hardly.
Red flags—including some goon who's following her—raise McKinley Frasier's suspicions that numbers don't add up at the insurance firm. When someone tries to snatch McKinley's daughter from school, she turns to police officer and ex-fiance, Renner Crossman—the cop who walked out on her a month before their wedding. But Renner's not the same guy who broke her heart ten years ago. He calls himself a "new man." She trusts the new Renner with her daughter's safety...but what about her heart?


Meet Renner Crossman

Hey. Renner Crossman here. The new and improved version, not the old Renner, the jerk who seduced women, then dumped them. Walls painted white by God’s grace, I’m determined to set things right with people I’ve wronged in my life. Beginning with Kinny.

Beautiful, wholesome, pristine Kinny. Like springtime opening her arms wide after a long, harsh winter; new blossoms popping out to embrace the sun. Unspoiled, if you catch my drift, until a month before our wedding date.

So, I called Kinny a few days ago to apologize, right? Got her voice mail and left her a message asking to meet in person. I could have called that number a hundred times just to hear that sweet voice. Yeah, I’m so not over her.

But, I did the right thing breaking up with her, even if it was lousy timing. She blamed me for the deaths of her mother and brother. Well, not me, but the badge in general.
Ten years later, I’m still a cop, just a different kind: a Deputy U.S. Marshal. That won’t matter to Kinny, though. I still carry a gun and a badge. So, it’s probably best that she blew me off and didn’t show up tonight. With an early morning appointment for a job transfer to Charlotte and plans to hunt down a house near my friends, my plate’s mighty full.

When Kinny stumbles into my room after midnight, a thug hot on her heels, what choice do I have but to protect her? Will she still see me as the “old” Renner? Or can I model the “new man” in Christ?  

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Review:
5 stars
What is there not to like in this thrilling story of love the second time around. Stuffed full of really bad guys and heart stopping moments, Ms. Hiers takes you on a whirlwind journey which starts on the very first page with McKinley on the run from someone who didn't like her audit. Bumping into Renner was expected, but she hadn't wanted to do it like this, not when she and her daughter were in danger.

The hockey game scenes were so vivid that it seemed I was there - and I only have the odd movie scene to go on as I have never seen a hockey game in my life. As a mum, my heart was in my mouth every time Tessa was threatened. Mixed in with the action, lies a heart-warming romance, which leaves the main characters in your mind after the last page is turned. Like an onion this book is one layer after another. A breathless whirlwind that leaves you doubting the HAE you know is coming.

Bio:
After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son didn’t want her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing heart racing, God-gracing books. Dora belongs to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Carolina Christian Writers. Dora and her husband make their home in North Carolina. When she’s not writing, Dora enjoys reading and family gatherings. She despises traffic, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with happily-ever-after’s.

Readers can connect with Dora: www.dorahiers.com