An Uncommon Courtship – My Review

This has been such a fun series. Each unique story has drawn me in and entertained me with its charming plot twists and adorable, but imperfect characters. An Uncommon Courtship was unlike any other marriage of convenience story I’ve read and the author’s voice really made it shine.

The couple’s unconventional relationship unfolds amidst a very curious society. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, the romantic tension runs high and the witty dialogue adds extra charm to the early 1800’s backdrop.

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Interview with Cara Putman & GIVEAWAY

The award-winning author of more than 20 books, Cara Putman graduated college at 20 and completed her law degree at 27. FIRST for Women magazine called Shadowed by Grace “captivating” and a “novel with ‘the works.’” Cara is active at her church and a full-time lecturer on business and employment law to undergraduate and graduate students at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. Putman also practices law and is a second-generation homeschooling mom. Putman obtained her Master’s in Business Administration from Krannert and her J.D. from George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law. She serves on the executive board of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization she has served in various roles since 2007. She lives with her husband and four children in Indiana. You can connect with her online at: caraputman.com

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The Writer Behind the Words – Andrea Strong

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I’m excited to introduce this next writer to you… Andrea is one of my local writer pals and fellow mama to little ones. We see each other at our local ACFW chapter meetings often. Last year we were both pregnant at the same time. This year we’re bringing our babies with us and swapping baby snuggles. Such fun! I can’t wait for you to hear about her work-in-progress and what she’s learned along the way. I hope it encourages you like it did me. 🙂

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Andrea Strong is a stay-at-home mom of three and pastor’s wife in Southern Missouri. That “stay-at-home” part is really a misnomer. Andrea rarely has a day when she stays at home. Even so she wouldn’t trade this life for anything. Only she’d like to commit herself to regular writing time so she can fulfill God’s calling by telling the stories that are constantly spinning around in her head.

Visit her blog at http://andreastake.blogspot.com/.

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The Mark of the King – My Review

I hardly know where to begin with reviewing this novel. I was blown away by the storytelling and historical depth to its pages. The hardships that Julianne faces broke my heart for her. She is such an inspiring and resilient heroine, continuing to fight through her trials and sharing that bravery with her fellow characters and the readers.

I couldn’t get over the richness in the details. Every scene was described so well, allowing the reader to feel the waves rocking the ship, or step onto the swamplands of New Orleans, or hear the war cries of the native people. This book will ignite all your senses.
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Interview with Brandy Vallance & GIVEAWAY

Brandy Vallance fell in love with the Victorian time period at a young age, loving the customs, manners, and especially the intricate rules of love. Since time travel is theoretically impossible, she lives in the nineteenth century vicariously through her novels. Unaccountable amounts of black tea have fueled this ambition. Brandy’s love of tea can only be paralleled by her love of Masterpiece Theater Classics, deep conversations, and a good book. Brandy is the 2013 Operation First Novel winner and the 2012 winner of the ACFW Genesis Contest for historical romance.
You can connect with Brandy via her website: www.brandyvallance.com
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The Writer Behind the Words – Darlene L. Turner

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For The Record – My Review

If you think reading historical fiction is boring, you’ve not a read a Regina Jennings book! This story was so much fun to read and even surprised me with its mystery and intrigue. The two main characters have so much spunk and sass. They’re unique and never quite do what you expect them to, which creates the perfect page-turner from start to finish.

I loved our lone Texan trying to create a new life for himself and enjoyed his sparks with our independent gal, Betsy. Her aspirations as a writer and defender of her small town endeared me to her even more. They both have their obstacles to work through, but it’s not an easy road for either of them. The plot twists and turns like the Ozark mountain trails they traverse. Read more ›

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Interview with Deborah Raney & GIVEAWAY

DEBORAH RANEY’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Her books have since won the RITA Award, ACFW Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Home to Chicory Lane, first in Deb’s new Chicory Inn Novels series from Abingdon Press just released. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy life in Kansas. They have four children and five small grandchildren, who all live much too far away.

 

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Interview with Melony Teague & GIVEAWAY

Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. Melony has contributed columns and community articles for the local media over the years. Melony’s guest columns address issues pertaining to the life and health of her community. She loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. She is also ghostwriter who has worked with diverse subject matter. In addition to writing the biographies for the Portraits of Giving 2014 – 2016 she also handles Communications and PR for two non-profit missions organizations in Canada. She find much fulfillment in teaching her class “Writing Your Personal Story” to local senior citizens. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1999. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and their two children. For more, visit http://www.melonyteague.com/

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A Moonbow Night – My Review & GIVEAWAY

514EAOJ7MaL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_This story – much like every other one penned by Laura Frantz – captured my heart and imagination. I find myself still dwelling on the characters long after finishing the last page. I miss them. I miss the Kentucky woods. I miss the adventure and the journey I followed along as the reader. It happens to me every time I read Laura’s work. It’s hard to move on from such a touching story.

I can’t imagine having lived during such a tumultuous time, but to see it through Tempe’s and Sion’s eyes was breathtaking. I felt like I was watching a movie, the scenes just moved so smoothly into the next. I loved these two. I loved their hearts, their strength, even the walls they put up to protect themselves from hurt. They’re vulnerable and they’re real.

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