31 August 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | A Cowboy's Pride

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

Up next on my TBR, this new book from Karen Rock is one way I'll be passing time over the weekend. Enjoy the peek!

29 August 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | Lady of a Thousand Treasures

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
(Similarly, Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.)

Happy Wednesday!

Everything I've read by Sandra Byrd has been wonderful. I'm expecting nothing less from her upcoming release.

28 August 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Books & Schools

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

It's that time of year, full of dread and excitement, again: Summer is ending, school is starting. Personally, I'd much rather read about school than actually go to school (alas, that can't be helped right now). With all their drama, school stories can be a lot of fun to read—especially when set outside the halls of a traditional school, as the following books are.

27 August 2018

The Patriot Bride | Spotlight

Welcome to The Patriot Bride Blitz with JustRead Publicity Tours!


Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country?

A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause 
 Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse.

Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Release Date: August 1, 2018


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #11

Hosted weekly by The Book Date.

Happy Monday!

I survived my first week of classesand finished 10 books for Bout of Books! It was a tiring, but good week.

25 August 2018

A Trip to New Orleans | Darkwater Secrets by Robin Carroll


A murder investigation uncovers sordid secrets and haunting mistakes.

The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New Orleans. Bourbon Street is bustling, and General Manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a hotel at full capacity. She, along with everyone else, is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide’s childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim’s past, he unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is hurt that his friend—the woman he’s quietly loved for years—kept the truth from him. And, to make matters worse, the stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But Beau can’t press Adelaide too hard . . . he’s keeping secrets of his own.

Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the loose?

Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: July 17, 2018

24 August 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | No One Ever Asked

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

I finally had time to pick up Katie Ganshert's latest novel this week, and I loved it. So good, so well doneI highly recommend it.

22 August 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | A Sparkle of Silver

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
(Similarly, Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.)

Happy Wednesday!

I loved Liz Johnson's Prince Edward Island Dreams series, so I'm really looking forward to starting her new series, Georgia Coast Romance.

21 August 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Books to Break a Reading Slump

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

 The nemesis of any bookworm is the reading slump. It's terrible to have no will to read, no books quite interesting enough. When I feel the beginning of a reading slump hitting me, I rely heavily on romance to keep me reading. The fun of falling in love and the hope of happily-ever-after never fail to draw my attention and help me combat the reading-slump blues.

So, if you're like me, here are a few (of the many) romances I love and recommend:

20 August 2018

At First Glance | Cover Reveal

Welcome to the cover reveal for Susan L. Tuttle’s debut, At First Glance, with JustRead Publicity Tours!


When it comes to love and matters of the heart, she's got a lot to learn.

Estate planner Penny Thornton loves dusting off items others gloss over, especially since she relates to feeling tossed aside for the “bright and shiny”. When her younger sister’s approaching wedding launches Penny back into the throes of her dysfunctional family, she decides to use the festivities to close the gap in their relationships—even if it means appeasing them and finally losing the few pounds they’ve hounded her about for years. But she doesn’t expect to meet two very different men in the process. East Fisher, the personal trainer who personifies everything she believes she could never attain, and Jonah Black, a man who reminds her so much of herself. Both men are more than they appear at first glance, and both seem interested in her romantically. As Penny uncovers their hidden layers, she discovers when it comes to love and matters of the heart, she’s got a lot to learn about estimating value.

Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing (Blink)
Release Date: November 2018

Surpring & Satisfying in an Alaskan Setting | Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks


An artist hiding from an escaped killer uncovers one of World War II’s most dangerous secrets—a secret that desperate men will do anything to keep hidden.

After the murder of her twin sister, Murphy Anderson changed her name and appearance and moved to Kodiak, Alaska, to avoid the press and publicity. But when local authorities discover she’s an artist and request her help in drawing a dying man’s memories, she unintentionally ends up in the limelight again—and back in the killer’s crosshairs.

The deathbed confessions of an Alaskan hunter have Murphy drawing the five bodies he discovered on remote Ruuwaq Island ten years ago. But what investigators find has them mystified. Evidence suggests that the bodies were deliberately destroyed, and what they uncover in an abandoned Quonset hut from World War II only brings more questions.

As one by one the investigators who were at the hut die, Murphy knows there is something much darker at stake. What happened on this island during the war? And who is willing to kill to keep its secrets buried?

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: July 3, 2018

Bout of Books #23

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

It's that time again—Bout of Books! I'm excited for a great week of reading, even though it is my first week of fall classes (I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the schoolwork won't be too demanding). Tentatively, though my TBR is always subject to change, my hope is to read the following books:

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys*

Darkwater Secrets by Robin Caroll*
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith*
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
The Trial by Franz Kafka

* = started reading before August 20th

And throughout the read-a-thon week, I'll be posting here, on Twitter, and on Litsy (@hes7) with my progress. (Feel free to join the reading fun by signing up over at Bout of Books!)

Happy reading!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #10

Hosted weekly by The Book Date.

Happy Monday!

It's been a calm week with lots of reading, plus bowling, Bachelor in Paradise, and To All the Boys I've Loved Before, which is exactly what I needed before starting fall classes today.

18 August 2018

High-Stakes Suspense | Called to Protect by Lynette Eason


For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiance for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She's over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

When US Marshall Blake MacCallum's daughter goes missing, he's ordered to kill the judge he's protecting and tell no one about his daughter's disappearance or she will die. Blake races against the clock to rescue his daughter while Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man, but thanks to her previous bad judgment, she wonders if she can trust him. And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?

Bestselling author Lynette Eason warns readers to buckle in for a fast and furious ride that will have their hearts pumping from the very start.

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: July 31, 2018


17 August 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Called to Protect

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

This second of Lynette Eason's Blue Justice books, the high-stakes Called to Protect added some much-needed excitement to my weekI really enjoyed it.

16 August 2018

Playful & Professional | The Lawman's Secret Vow by Tara Randel


To have and to hold—

Until the case is solved?

When an undercover assignment pairs laid-back Florida detective Dante Matthews with by-the-book cop Eloise Archer, he knows it won’t be easy. And not just because they’re competing for the same promotion. Now they’re living together under the same roof, and it’s getting harder to ignore his deepening feelings for his “wife.” Can he convince Eloise to partner up—for life?

Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Release Date: August 1, 2018

15 August 2018

Natchez Trace | Spotlight

Welcome to Natchez Trace Takeover Tour with JustRead Publicity Tours!


Natchez, MS; 1791
Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O’Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he’s sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he’ll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.

The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella’s shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor’s help, Isabella fears she’ll lose her family’s plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor’s proposal of marriage.

Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to eliminate the Bartholomew family. Can he set aside his own feelings to keep Isabella safe?

Publisher: Tyndale House
Release Date: August 8, 2017

Natchez Trace, MS; 1792
Bitter since his eldest brother abandoned their family in Ireland, Quinn O’Shea travels to Natchez, Mississippi, ready to shuck the weight of his duty and set off on an adventure of his own. It’s time Connor, as head of the family, took responsibility for their younger siblings. While aboard ship, a run-in with three Irish sisters lands Quinn in the role of reluctant savior. Though it may delay his plans, he cannot abandon the Young sisters, especially the tenacious yet kind Kiera.

Upon arriving in the colonies, Kiera Young prepares to meet her intended and begin her new life. But she soon discovers the marriage her brother-in-law arranged was never meant to be, and a far more sinister deal was negotiated for her and her sisters.

Quinn offers to escort his charges safely to Breeze Hill Plantation and his brother’s care, fully intending to seek his freedom elsewhere. But the longer he remains, the greater his feelings toward Kiera grow and the more he comes to realize true freedom might be found in sacrifice.

Publisher: Tyndale House
Release Date: June 5, 2018

When You Look at Me | Cover Reveal

Welcome to the official cover reveal blitz for When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


An unexpected mother-to-be.
A romance-leery composer.
And a forgotten melody from the past that holds the keys to their futures.

When Julia Jenkins’ great aunt dies and leaves her a Victorian mansion with decades of secrets, Julia never expects to unearth a World War II espionage mystery. Struggling with her own past since an assault left her pregnant, her future as a solo parent leaves her dreams uncertain. The inheritance from her great aunt gives Julia the ability to take a step back into her future, but also sends her into the discovery of a love story she’d never anticipated. Following her aunt’s cryptic journal, Julia uncovers some oddly written piano music with a musical code she can’t decipher on her own. Not to worry, introverted Englishman and composer, Henry Wright, is thrust on the scene by a pair of homespun matchmakers who know the ‘right’ man for Julia’s wounded heart.

Henry arrives in Pleasant Gap with the task of composing the soundtrack for his best mate’s newest film. The Jenkins’ family’s southern welcome and gregarious personalities set his reticent nature on edge, but he’s inexplicably drawn to his gentle and music-loving hostess, Julia. Uncertain how to build a friendship with the wounded woman, and rather hopeless in communicating well through words, the bond of music becomes a bridge between her uncertainty and his awkwardness.

But her broken past and his families’ expectations build a wall much greater than the cultures that separate them. As they work together to solve a musical mystery from the grave, will an unlikely romance from the past inspire their hearts to trust in a God who’s written the perfect melody for their lives?

Release Date: October 2018


Waiting on Wednesday | All Made Up

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
(Similarly, Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.)

Happy Wednesday!

I usually love adorable-looking romances, but throw in the reality-TV aspect and I absolutely cannot resist. I'm so ready for this upcoming release from Kara Isaac.

14 August 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Websites That Enable My Reading Habit

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

There are plenty of websites I've visited over the years that have made my TBR impossibly long and my stacks precariously tall, so here's a list of a few of my favorite go-tos.

13 August 2018

WWII Athletics & Romance | A Promise Forged by Cara Putman


"Kat transformed in front of him. Her chin came up, her fingers stopped twitching with the fabric of her gown, and a real sparkle bubbled in her eyes. It was like watching Snow White come to life when the prince kissed her."

A heartwarming WWII historical from award-winning author Cara Putman.

Kat Miller has dreamed of playing baseball her entire life. When she earns a spot on a team in the All-American Girls Professional Softball League, she finds that things aren’t as glamorous as she imagined. She struggles with long road trips, grueling practices, and older teammates who are jealous of her success. And to top it all off, an irritating reporter is constantly getting under Kat’s skin.

Events in Jack Raymond’s career have left him cynical and distanced from God. He never wanted to write at a small paper, and he certainly didn’t want to be assigned to something as inconsequential as a women’s softball team. Then Kat walks into his life. The fiery, young softball player somehow climbs the walls around his heart and makes him want to hope again.

When lies fly and the league appears to fail, will Kat and Jack’s new love survive?

Publisher: Whisper Valley Press
Release Date: March 21, 2017 (originally released in 2010)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #9

Hosted weekly by The Book Date.

Happy Monday! 

The week was relaxed and the weekend was busy. I'm happy with my reading.

11 August 2018

A Transporting Historical Mystery | A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano


Tressa Harlowe's father did not trust banks, but neither did he trust his greedy extended family. He kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it. It doesn't take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they're really up to. She'll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father's fortune--before someone else finds it first.

Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano welcomes readers to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England, for a treasure hunt they'll not soon forget.

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: July 31, 2018

10 August 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | In 27 Days

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

With a unique YA premise that delivers a great story of friendship, In 27 Days by Alison Gervais was a fantastic read for me this week. I'm so glad I finally picked it up.

09 August 2018

Apple Orchard Romance | Nice to Come Home To by Liz Flaherty


Will an apple a day…

Keep love at bay?

For Cass Gentry, coming home to Lake Miniagua, teenage half sister in tow, is bittersweet. But her half of the orchard she inherited awaits, and so does a fresh face—Luke Rossiter, her new business partner. Even though they butt heads in business, they share one key piece of common ground: refusing to ever fall in love again. But as their lives get bigger, that stance doesn’t feel like enough…

Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Release Date: August 1, 2018


Never Let Go | Spotlight

Welcome to the blitz & giveaway for the Faithfully Yours series by Anne Carol, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Is it possible to find your soul mate on the other side of the world?

Beth Johnson is an ambitious high school senior from suburban California with a secret passion for writing. David Somers is a charming young Englishman who wants nothing more than to play guitar in his up-and-coming rock band. Though worlds apart, when fate brings Beth and David together in London in the summer of 1979, sparks fly. After Beth receives upsetting news from home, she finds herself drawn to David’s warm character, and an all-consuming love develops. Theirs is the kind of love one never forgets, and as Beth’s stay in London nears the end, the young devoted couple must face the inevitable question: will their romance fade with the passing of summer or will they realize their promise of never letting go?

Author's Note: This book has been revised from the original 2014 edition and is now told from a Christian worldview.

Release Date: November 25, 2014


08 August 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | In Too Deep

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
(Similarly, Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.)

Happy Wednesday!

I enjoyed the first Dive Team Investigations book, Beneath the Surface, when I read it earlier this year, so of course, I'm looking forward to revisiting Carrington, North Carolina in a few months. Adam and Sabrina have a story I've been eager to discover.

Hop over to Instagram for a chance to win the Beneath the Surface giveaway.

06 August 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #8

Hosted weekly by The Book Date.

Happy Monday!

I still can't believe it's August already... I had another fun week with familymore bowling and The Bachelorette, plus eating giant cinnamon rolls and seeing Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and Skyscraper—finished up my summer classes (woot woot!), and naturally, still read a bunch.

04 August 2018

History & Fantasy | Fawkes by Nadine Brandes


Fawkes is the perfect mix of history and magic.” —Cynthia Hand, New York Times bestselling author of My Lady Jane

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th-century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

“I was up late in the night reading, waiting to get to the fifth of November to see how the plot would actually unfold, and it did not disappoint. An imaginative, colorful tale about choosing for yourself between what’s right and what others insist is the truth.” —Cynthia Hand, New York Times bestselling author of My Lady Jane

“Hold on to your heart as this slow-burning adventure quickly escalates into an explosion of magic, love, and the truth about loyalty.” —Mary Weber, bestselling author of the Storm Siren Trilogy

Fawkes is a tale full of spiritual depth, tragedy, and hope. A beautifully written allegory for the magic of faith, with an achingly relatable hero who pulls you into his world heart and soul. A must-read for all fantasy fans!” —Lorie Langdon, author of Olivia Twist

“A brilliant book that fulfills every expectation. Brandes turns seventeenth century London into a magical place. I was captivated by the allegory of her magic system and how she blended that fantasy with history. I highly recommend this gripping and beautifully crafted book to all. It will leave you both entertained and pondering matters raised in the storyline long after you’ve finished reading.” —Jill Williamson, Christy Award-winning author of By Darkness Hid and Captives

“A magical retelling of the seventeenth century’s famous Gunpowder Plot that will sweep you back in time—to a divided England where plagues can turn you to stone and magic has a voice. Deft and clever, Fawkes is a vibrant story about the search for truth and issues relevant to us, still, today.” —Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: July 10, 2018

03 August 2018

Kingdom Come Series | Spotlight & Review

Welcome to Kingdom Come Series by Cecelia Earl Blog Tour with JustRead Publicity Tour.


Angels are real.
So are demons.

Shady Creek gets a whole lot scarier after Julia learns she's part angel, especially since the only person she can trust is an angel who's as infuriating as he is attractive.

Julia received a necklace containing the songs of the angels from her dad when she was four. When she was eleven, he abandoned her family and the necklace went silent. At seventeen, Julia's doing everything she can to maintain security for her family, but now her necklace seems to have come to life once again. And that's not all that's changing.

When a robber attempts to steal from their diner, the necklace blazes and burns her chest. Pain in her back is nearly unbearable as the thief transforms before her eyes... into something demonic.

Demon after demon threaten Julia's home, family, and friends, and she realizes there may have been something more behind her dad's disappearance. And now there may be something--or someone--dangerous after her.

Julia has to accept that she is not quite human. Will her infuriating but attractive Guardian Angel be able to prepare her for the battle to come?

Release Date: January 4, 2017

If only humans knew about the invisible dangers lurking around them...

Unable to confide in anyone about her double life of being both human and angel, and fearful she'll bring more death and destruction to those she loves, Julia pulls away from her family and best friend.

When demons once again start to show up at every turn, seemingly bringing about her brother's deepening depression, she demands her sword from Nicholas. Ever the stern Guardian Angel, he forbids her from using a weapon. Sick of fighting with Nicholas and confused about her feelings for him, Julia takes protecting her brother into her own hands as best she can.

But when demons are suddenly able to siphon souls from the living, ash-colored lines begin to appear on humans, lines of demonic poison that travel through their veins toward their hearts and alter their moods. Julia is in more danger than she ever imagined possible. To stop evil from spreading and overtaking those she loves, she'll have to seek out the one person she mistrusts most - her father - especially when a line appears on her own arm.

Enter a complex world where humans, demons, and angels collide, all battling to rule the Earth.

Release Date: May 31, 2017

Hell is nothing like Julia imagined and beyond everything she feared.

The little town of Shady Creek is under attack by Lucifer and his demons. To save the people she loves, human-angel Hybrid Julia must rescue their kidnapped Guardian Angels, even when it means defying her father.

Trouble is, he knows only too much about Hell's perils. When a demon sucks Julia into a cosmic vacuum, the experience leaves an indelible blight she dares not mention for fear of losing her place on the angelic rescue team.

As a growing demon army surrounds Shady Creek, Julia's feelings for her own Guardian become all too real and dangerous. But the cosmic imbalance fueled by Hybrid Angels, Rogue Guardians and Warriors is already depleting the strength of the rescue team. And there's no room for distraction when the mission is to get into Hell--and out again.

For the sake of the mission, Julia must face the truth of the Hybrids' existence. Because nobody will be safe unless she can trust the gift of free will--for others and for herself--in this end-of-the-world finale to The Legend of Shady Creek Trilogy.

Release Date: July 27, 2018