Third Peek at Soon to be Released Books!

Authors

                       C.J. Chase

                                Susanne Dietze  

                         Rita Gerlach

                                Kathleen L. Maher

                              Gabrielle Meyer  

                                Carrie Fancett Pagels 

                            Vanessa Riley  

                                Lorna Seilstad 

                         Erica Vetsch 

Published by Barbour Books to be released September 1st.

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The Second Peek at Upcoming Books and Reviews

Kim Vogel Sawyer

Ours for a Season

Waterbrook Publisher

Releases September 11th 

The First of a Small Peek at What’s Coming Soon!!!!

I am introducing a new element to my blog. There will be teasers of upcoming book reviews (those not on tour or already published) with memes, blurbs or other catchy ways to introduce the upcoming books and reviews!

The first of these is starting today!!

I was privileged to have received an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of Cindy Woodsmall and (her daughter-in-law) Erin Woodsmall’s newest collaboration, As the Tide Comes In. The book, published by Waterbrook, releases August 21st.

I love this meme, in fact, all the memes created for this book are so pretty.

Look for the review on August 20th!!

Rebecca’s Legacy by Betty Thomason Owens-Book Highlight and Giveaway-Celebrate Lit Tour

About the Book

Book Title: Rebecca’s Legacy

Author: Betty Thomason Owens

Genre: Gentle Romance, 1950s Romance

Release date: August 2018

What will it take to teach a spoiled heiress that the greatest legacy is love?
Nancy and Robert Emerson’s daughter Amy Juliana is doing her best to follow in Mom’s rebellious footsteps.

Her desperate attempt to escape Dad’s control comes at the worst possible time. A threat against their family and Sanderson Industries has Robert Emerson taking extra steps to guarantee his family’s safety. He sends Amy, an heiress and a debutante, to the country to work on a produce farm run by Aunt Rebecca. Humiliated and angry, Amy contemplates a path that will lead her even farther from home, away from Dad’s protection.

Will Aunt Rebecca’s quiet strength and unconditional love be enough to still the prodigal daughter’s rebellious ways, and open her heart to the plight of others around her?

Matt Wordsworth is the man Robert calls upon to help keep his daughter in line. She thinks the guy is an old fuddy-duddy. By the time her ideas about him begin to change, it may be too late. When an old friend tests her loyalty, she is forced to face her past to overcome a guilty conscience. But, is she playing into the hands of the enemy?


About the Author

Betty Thomason Owens has been writing for almost thirty years. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and serves on the planning committee of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference. Her writing credits include Amelia’s Legacy and Carlotta’s Legacy, in the Legacy Series, Annabelle’s Ruth and Sutter’s Landing, in the southern historical Kinsman Redeemer Series. When she’s not writing, Owens is a part-time bookkeeper, who loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Guest Post from Betty

Amy Juliana Emerson’s birth occurred about halfway through book one of the Legacy series, Amelia’s Legacy. I knew even then—this girl was going to be special. She had inherited her father’s smile with a dimple in her cheek. Amy Julianna was destined to be a daddy’s girl.

In Book 3, Rebecca’s Legacy, Amy comes of age. It’s 1947, and she’s graduating high school—barely—her grades took a nosedive during her senior year. In typical teenage fashion, she chafes against her parents’ authority and decides that Amy knows best how Amy should live. Those of you who read Amelia’s Legacy may think that sounds familiar. Yes, she’s a lot like her mother.

Amy submits to Dad’s orders while she devises a plan for a complete break from the famous Emerson clan. One that will end with her freedom, once for all. Her plan might have succeeded, if it hadn’t been rudely interrupted by a—oh, wait, I can’t tell you that—it would spoil the story!

I love this book. I was captivated by its young heroine from the moment she began her self-motivational chanting that ends with, “be a queen.” She uses it to reset after a troubling circumstance. She also uses it when she needs to make the best possible first impression.

Matthew Wordsworth caught on right away. This girl is a princess who needs a “set-down”. And Matt has no doubt it will happen at some point.

Amy is an American princess, very much in the limelight. All of Springfield has witnessed her humiliation and near failure. Now, they watch as she submits to her dad’s authority. What will happen to this willful girl with the sullied reputation?

Amy is waiting for her chance to break free. She may be down, but don’t count her out. She may be on the wrong person’s radar in imminent trouble, but the Emersons have a backup plan.

I loved writing Amy’s story. She’s unpredictable and a bit of a firecracker, but she’s vulnerable, too. Her character surprised me at times. She had a goodness that worked its way to the top and finally won.

That’s one of my favorite things about writing by the seat of your pants—the unpredictability—it ignites my interest as I write, and keeps me moving ahead, even when I don’t know where the story will take me.

Gert’s Diner’s English Chess Pie*

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

2 eggs

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ butter, melted

1 cup chopped English walnuts

1 unbaked 9-inch pastry shell

Whipped cream (optional)

Combine sugars and flour in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, milk, vanilla and butter, beating well. Stir in nuts. Pour filling into unbaked pastry shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until set. Cool slightly (best when served warm). Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

*Gert’s Diner is the fictional café where Matt and Amy stop for lunch en route to Perry’s Landing.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 11

Remembrancy, August 12

Inklings and notions, August 13

Baker Kella, August 14

proud to be an autism mom, August 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 16

Reading is my Super Power, August 16 (Interview)

Janices book reviews, August 17

Bibliophile Reviews, August 18

Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 19

Carpe Diem, August 20

A Baker’s Perspective, August 21

Power of Words, August 22 (Spotlight)

margaret kazmierczak, August 23 (Interview)

Bigreadersite, August 24

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Betty is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d0d7/rebecca-s-legacy-celebration-tour-giveaway

Hummingbird Kisses (Hummingbird Hollow Book 1) by Delia Latham

My Review

Toni Littlebird owns Inn the Hollow (love the play on words!) and is known as the hummingbird whisperer.

Dax Hendricks arrives at Hummingbird Hollow’s Inn in the Hollow on a Harley that is barely able to make it to the front door.

Delia Latham’s Hummingbird Kisses is a winsome, inspiring book. The main characters, Toni and Dax, have both been told by God that when they meet their “one and only,” they will know them. Imagine that you are Toni or Dax and realize that the other person is the one God means for you, but you just know God made a mistake!

I felt, at times, they weren’t giving each other the proper respect-especially Toni in the beginning. However, as the story went on, they became more familiar with one other and “settled” down. They became adept at sparring and teasing each other, which was a cute, entertaining quality of the novella.

I experienced feelings of serenity and wonder at the descriptions of Hummingbird Hollow and its surrounding areas. The sensations evoked were ones of astonishment and amazement, making me wish I was there with Toni and Dax, sharing in the phenomenon they witnessed.

I also enjoyed reading about Toni Littlebird because I am part Cherokee. She was a very remarkable and slightly querulous woman, with the ability to “whisper” to hummingbirds!

The story is well written, and the personalities have depth and complexity which draws you into the tale.

I received the book from the author. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Toni Littlebird believes God has created someone especially for her. When she meets him, she’ll know he’s The One, and she will love him. But that’s before Dax Hendrick roars into Hummingbird Hollow on a noisy, crippled Harley, spitting stinky filth into the air and scaring away Toni’s beloved hummingbirds. Dax sports over-long hair, an unkempt beard, and a condescending attitude toward her ancestral home. Toni takes one look into his mesmerizing blue-green eyes and…she knows. This uncivilized creature is “The One.” She’d been right about knowing him, but wrong about something far more important: She will never love him. Why God sent Dax to this beautiful place is a mystery, and it’s clear he can’t expect any answers from the lovely but unsympathetic owner of Inn the Hollow—a haphazardly constructed dwelling that goes against every professional rule in Dax’s area of expertise. He hopes to get the green light on getting out of there before the uneven corners, crooked floor slats, and random construction wither his architectural creativity. Is it possible that, between God’s gentle leading and a lesson or two from the fascinating hummingbirds that populate the hollow, Dax and Toni will open their hearts to each other? Or will their stubborn wills ruin God’s beautiful gift of love?

Great Casserole Recipe!

This is another adapted recipe. If you are following a whole-foods, plant-based diet this does contain cheese, but I think it would still be tasty without cheese!

***Update-this also has eggs, I forgot 😏. Thanks for the reminder, Lynn! For those allergic to eggs or on a vegan diet, you can substitute ground flax seeds. To substitute ground flax seed-for each egg-mix 1 TBS of flaxseed to 3 TBS water. You need to let mixture sit for a few minutes to absorb the water.***

Rice and Lentil Casserole

2 1/2 cups cooked lentils

4 cups cooked brown rice

1 yellow onion, diced

3 TBS olive oil (reserve 2 TBS for later)

1 cup milk

2 large eggs

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (reserve the 1/2 for later)

1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (reserve the 1/2 for later)

Salt and pepper

Coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with 1 TBS olive oil. Heat oven to 375°F.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in large frying pan over medium heat until the oil flows smoothly, quickly coating the bottom of the pan.

Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent.  Remove pan from heat.

Whisk together milk, eggs and 2 cups of the grated cheeses in a large bowl. Add rice, lentils, onion and garlic powder. Season (if desired) with salt and pepper. Stir to thoroughly combine. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.

Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and place on center rack in oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining grated cheeses. Continue to bake 10 to 15 minutes more, until bubbling and golden-brown.

This will serve 8-10 people.

(It is delicious, too! The brown rice gives it a somewhat crunchy texture.)

We served a broccoli, cauliflower and carrot mix with the casserole.

Wednesday’s Words

Today’s Words Come from As the Tide Comes in by Cindy Woodsmall and her daughter-in-law Erin Woodsmall.

 

The book is scheduled to be released August 21st. I am honored to have been able to read an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) and will be publishing a review soon!

Wildfire (Peril in the Park Book 3) by Gayla K Hiss

My Review

Gayla Hiss’s newest novel in the Peril in the Park Series, Wildfire, is a breath-taking story. I encountered this timely, riveting read as the decimating western fires dominate the news.

Rachael Woodston is a college professor and a wildfire researcher. She has developed a program to help predict the many variables, such as wind and speed, that can affect the fire’s course.

Dylan Veracruz is the leader of a firefighting crew. The last thing he or his team need is a seemingly hotshot college teacher getting in their way while they try to fight forest fires, and he definitely doesn’t need her trying to tell him how to do his job. He knows how fires work; he’s on the line working against them whenever and wherever they pop up within his region.

I related emotionally to all the firefighters and the wildfire researchers when repeated, intractable fires kept springing up in the beautiful Rocky Mountain area for no apparent reason.

I appreciated how the characters were at different stages in their Christian lives. Some of the characters, even having gone through some sad situations, are still close to God. Other characters, having gone through similar tragedies, struggle with their faith, feeling science provides more answers. As the plot moves along, so does their journey toward mature belief. The story isn’t preachy. Each person’s viewpoint seems a natural outgrowth of their circumstances and perceptions. I admired how they allowed their opinions to be challenged without rejecting faith outright.

Wildfires tension, twists and unique situations had me thoroughly engrossed, trying to guess the eventual outcome. A truly captivating story, delving deeply into the warrior mentality of the people whose calling is to place their own lives between ours and imminent fiery destruction.

I applaud the investigatory process, as it is very evident throughout the book. In addition, there are some fascinating facts and resources in the back of the book.

I received the book from the author. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Will Rachael and Dylan escape the fire’s fury, or perish in the flames?

Sparks fly when wildfire researcher Rachael Woodston clashes with firefighter Dylan Veracruz in Rocky Mountain National Park. The June fire season has just begun, yet a long-standing drought has already turned the national park into a tinderbox. Rachael’s computer data indicates the fire Dylan’s crew is fighting is about to accelerate, but he doesn’t believe her—until the fire suddenly gets out of control and they have to evacuate.

Suspecting arson, Rachael and Dylan join forces in search of answers and soon discover that chasing fires isn’t all they have in common—they’re both survivors who’ve tragically lost loved ones. However, their difference of opinion about faith keeps them at arm’s length, despite a growing attraction. As the danger escalates, Rachael and Dylan soon find themselves in a firestorm they cannot escape. All seems lost until Rachael has a profound encounter that restores her faith and gives her hope. The close call also fuels her determination to stop the fiend behind the flames.

But can she and Dylan solve the mystery and extinguish their enemy before disaster strikes again?

A Short Break

I am taking a short break through the end of this week.

Psalm 30:5B “: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” I read something similar to this verse once, “There will be a day when laughter comes to those who mourn.” I know this to be true, as I have mourned the loss of many in my family.

Thank you so much to everyone for your thoughts, prayers and condolences. They are truly appreciated.