A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer Hosted by Hoarding Books

First Line

Laurel swung her feet from the armrest of the sofa to the floor and sat up.

About the Book

For readers who love a heartwarming romance and a rich historical setting comes a tale of a young woman with a heavy burden, the International Cotton Exposition, and the pursuit of true love.

Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and “take care of Mama” by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel and any children she might bear, as well as her mother.

Langdon Rochester’s parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. At the Exposition, Langdon meets Laurel. Marrying her would satisfy his parents’s command, she would look lovely on his arm for social events, and in her besotted state, he believes she would overlook him continuing pursuing rowdy adventures with his unmarried buddies. Langdon decides to woo Laurel. Willie Sharp is not well-off and must take on an extra job at the Atlanta Exposition as a security guard. When mischief-makers cause trouble in the Women’s Building, Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure. He enjoys visiting with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel change to something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her better life–even with so little to offer?

NOW, it’s YOUR Turn!!!

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Delilah by Fay Lamb On Tour with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book: Delilah

Author: Fay Lamb

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September, 2018

They’ve sparred for years, but now they’re both headed for a knockout.

Newly elected judge, John M. Turner, tries his best to soothe the hard feelings of former Circuit Judge Delilah James, the woman he bested in the election by only a narrow margin, but his friend’s and her haughty reputation are making it difficult for him to let things slide. Worse yet, a vengeful assistant state attorney, the other candidate whose entry in the race actually handed the win to John, is seeking to have them both removed from the Florida Bar.

Delilah wants to make amends to John, but every time she attempts to apologize or to behave in court, she makes a mess of it. Since leaving the bench, life has become complicated: John’s teenager sister hates her, Libby Carter, has been arrested for battery on a police officer and embroiled her in the plight of the homeless, her past has returned to haunt her, and if that’s not enough, she’s fallen into the one experience in life she never thought would happen to her. John finally offers to make peace, but Delilah’s not ready for that.

Calling a truce with the man you love? What’s the fun in that?

Click here to purchase your copy.

This was the last line I wrote in my review of Hope, by Fay Lamb: “I heard a rumor there will be another book written highlighting Judge Delilah James! I can’t wait to read it, yet I dread it too because I don’t want to leave these wonderful friends!!”  Oh, my broken heart, I feel this way still, especially after having read Delilah!

Delilah is a feisty, strong, self-assured woman. Sometimes, though, her feistiness overcomes her common sense and lands her in trouble. Delilah learns some valuable lessons when newly elected Circuit Judge John Turner sentences her to community service after a contempt of court charge.

I envy Delilah’s strength in her storms and her vulnerability in her friendships. Her personality would cause you to think she would have a hard time loving and forgiving her friends, but you would be very wrong.

I learned a lot while reading Delilah. Portions of her childhood mirrored parts of mine, helping me to understand her more. Alas, while Delilah became stronger for it, I became more compliant and an inveterate people pleaser.  Reading about her strengths gave me hope for myself.

The concepts she constructs in each character’s life are realistic and true to nature. In addition, I love her heart for the lost and seeking. Reading her books lays a firm foundation of Biblical truths and a pathway to Christ.

All of Fay Lamb’s books reverberate with forgiveness and love, faith and hope, and growth and maturity. Her books pull you in and never let go. From the first line (featured on First Line Friday) until the very end of the book, you stay emotionally invested in the lead characters.

I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

About the Author

Fay Lamb is an author, an editor, and a teacher. She also loves to teach workshops for fiction writers and has recently shared Bible truths on Preach the Word Network TV.

Fay has contracted three series with her publisher, Write Integrity Press. The Amazing Grace romantic suspense series is complete with four books beginning with STALKING WILLOW. Her Ties that Bind romance series is complete with this book, the fourth, and begins with CHARISSE. And with her current release, DELILAH, her fourth heroine, greatly loved by readers, gets her chance to shine. Her newest epic series, Serenity Key, with elements of romance, mystery, and suspense, began with STORMS IN SERENITY. Fay has an adventurous spirit, which has also taken her into the arena of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.

Fay loves to meet readers, and you can find her on her personal Facebook page, her Facebook Author page, and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook and on Goodreads. She’s also active on Twitter. Then there are her blogs: On the Ledge, Inner Source, and the Tactical Editor.

More from Fay

When Delilah came on the scene as the ruthless antagonist for Charisse in the first book of the Why Delilah?

by Fay Lamb

When Delilah came on the scene as the ruthless antagonist for Charisse in the first book of the Ties that Bind series, a reader wrote to me before finishing the story and said, “I hope Delilah gets hers.” I replied that she definitely did, but it would not be in the way that she thought. Since the release of Charisse, I heard from many readers who fell in love with Delilah, this delightfully fiendish character who changed in some ways from story to story but never truly lost her brash personality that made her who she is.

I never meant to give Dee her own story, but like many of the characters I write, I find that those that I consider truly secondary are the ones that seem to capture the imagination of the readers. I have a character in a little-known book that I wrote in 1999 that my readers still ask me about today, and characters in a writing tutorial that I used as examples have an adoring audience. The same was true of Delilah. When I sent the synopses in for Charisse, Libby, and Hope, the stories which at that time, encompassed the series, the publisher indicated I could have the contract on one condition: if Delilah got a story of her own. Who was I to argue?

As I completed the other two novels in the series and five other novels in different series for the same publisher, I worked on Delilah in my mind. She wouldn’t let me alone, and she never ceased to amaze me with her story. When she told me her background, I laughed aloud. When she learned her connection to one of the other gals in the series, I cried and rejoiced with her. Delilah truly had me on a roller coaster ride of emotions, and I couldn’t wait to sit down and tell her unique tale set against the backdrop of Central Florida’s homelessness and our wonderful natural resources. It is truly my hope that you’ll come along for the ride.

Blog Stops

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 9

Captive Dreams Window, April 10

My Devotional Thoughts, April 11

For Him and my Family, April 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 13

Texas Book-aholic, April 14

janicesbookreviews, April 15

Godly Book Reviews, April 16

A Reader’s Brain, April 17

Inklings and notions, April 18

Through the Fire Blogs, April 19

The Becca Files, April 20

Real World Bible Study, April 21

Just the Write Escape, April 22

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Fay is giving away a grand prize of a Kindle Fire 8 HD!!

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

Monday’s Meatless Meal

Recently the g’daughter and I have been making a lot of meals together, focusing on those that are healthier, more flavorful and meatless.

The following recipe can be adapted so many ways (including vegan) and meets all our focus criteria.

Meatless Burritos

Ingredients

1-2 flour tortillas (your choice of size) per person

2 cups lentils-cooked and seasoned

2 cups rice-cooked

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 packet taco seasoning (or homemade to equal 2 TBS)

1 onion-diced

½ cup sour cream

1 cup salsa

Directions

  1. When cooking lentils add packet of taco seasoning for flavor, cook lentils to desired tenderness
  2. Heat tortillas according to package directions
  3. After all ingredients are ready and prepared, spoon down center of tortilla
  4. Fold top and bottom of tortilla over ingredients, roll sides of tortilla toward middle to close burrito
  5. Top with extra cheese, sour cream and salsa if desired
  6. Eat and enjoy!

Serves four to six

Optional Ingredients- we have also used

Bell Peppers, Refried Beans, Avocados, Mexican Corn, Pinto Beans, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Corn, Garlic, Pepper Jack Cheese, Shredded Lettuce, Lime Juice, Guacamole, Mushrooms, Zucchini…the list goes on and on!!!

As you can see from the optional ingredients, and of course, that’s just a partial list, there is no end to the variations or different kinds of burritos you can make without meat!

I was unable to get a picture as these were scarfed down so quickly, with NO leftovers!!

First Line Fridays-Delilah (Ties that Bind Book 4) by Fay Lamb-Hosted by Hoarding Books

I have been so excited since I found out Fay Lamb was writing Delilah’s story as part of her Ties that Bind Series.

I have a blog tour on Wednesday that will feature Delilah and I can’t wait to share it with you!

So without further ado, here are the first two lines (yes, you get a bonus!!!).

First Line

Delilah leaned back in her chair behind the defense table in the courtroom that used to be hers. She crossed her legs, the toe of her bright red stiletto pushing up and back as she worked to portray a reserved, composed air, her thoughts anything but serene.

Publisher’s Summary

Calling a truce with the man you love? What’s the fun in that?

Newly elected judge, John M. Turner, tries his best to call an end to his war with former Circuit Judge Delilah James, the woman he bested in the election by only a narrow margin. Delilah refuses to accept his flag of surrender. Worse yet, a vengeful assistant state attorney, the other candidate whose entry in the race actually handed the win to John, is seeking to have them both removed from the Florida Bar, and the game Delilah has forced upon him has given their enemy ammunition for his disbarment.

Delilah likes the give and take she shares with John. What fun is there in surrender? She wants to make amends but makes a mess of every attempt. Added to her foibles, life has become complicated: John’s teenage sister hates her, and Libby Carter has been arrested for battery on a police officer and has embroiled Delilah in the plight of the homeless. Her past has returned to haunt her, and if that’s not enough, she’s deep into the one experience in life she never thought would happen to her. She’s fallen in love.

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NOW, it’s YOUR Turn!!!

Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or the second sentence) in the comments below.  Then head over to Hoarding Books to see all of the First Line Friday pages this week. Just click on the FLF box below.

Welcome to First Line Friday Hosted by Hoarding Books!

Today’s First Line is from The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection: 7 Historical Romances Are a Beacon of Hope to Weary Hearts by Lena Nelson Dooley, Rebecca Jepson, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Candice Sue Patterson, Kathleen Rouser, Pegg Thomas and Marilyn Turk.

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First Line 

The wail of a ship’s whistle jerked Anna Wilson from sleep despite the cotton wadding she’d shoved in her ears before bed.

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Publisher’s Summary

Lighthouses have long been the symbol of salvation, warning sailors away from dangerous rocks and shallow waters.
Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of the nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerous places. Brave men and women battled the elements and loneliness to keep the lights shining. Their sacrifice kept goods and immigrants moving. Seven romances set between 1883 and 1911 bring hope to these lonely keepers and love to weary hearts.

Anna’s Tower by Pegg Thomas
1883—Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse

Anna Wilson’s plan to be the next lighthouse keeper is endangered when Maksim Ivanov is shipwrecked on Thunder Bay Island. Handsome and capable, he could steal her dream. Or provide a new one.

Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson
1885—New Presque Isle Lighthouse

Ava Ryan’s father has passed, leaving her alone, and ill, to tend the light with nowhere else to go. Logging foreman Benjamin Colfax needs the height of the lighthouse to determine the best cutting route, but he senses something amiss in Ava and her determination to remain reclusive. Can he get her to open up, or will she keep herself locked away?

Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson
1892—Old Mission Point Lighthouse

Rose Miller was found on the lighthouse doorstep as an infant, and now she must hide her quest to find the child who left her there from Captain Nathan Perry, the man she loves to hate.

Love’s Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1898—Round Island Lighthouse

Valerie Fillman’s best hope for a future lies on the tiny island that holds her worst memories. Can Paul Sholtus, the new lightkeeper, and his daughter help bring healing? And love?

The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser
1899—Mackinac Point Lighthouse

Natalie Brooks loses her past to amnesia, and Cal Waterson, the lighthouse keeper who rescues her, didn’t bargain on risking his heart—when her past might change everything.

The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley
1902—Whitefish Point Lighthouse

Romance and mystery collide at Whitefish Point Lighthouse when unemployed doctor Norma Kimbell and Drake Logan, owner of a steamship line, search for evidence of a supposed shipwreck.

The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turk
1911—Au Sable Lighthouse

Lydia Palmer’s dream for happiness as a lighthouse keeper’s wife shatters when her fiancé Nathan Drake drowned in a shipwreck, but his brother Jesse survived.

On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter

On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter finishes her Blue Ridge Romance series, focusing on residents in Copper Creek, Georgia.

I love the first line to the book, “Jack McReady had fallen in love with Daisy in one-hour increments.”

Jack, a pastor, and Daisy Pendleton, co-owner of Oopsy Daisy flower shop, have known each other for years. Nevertheless, even though Jack has feelings for Daisy, she does not appear to return them.

Overall, I enjoyed On Magnolia Lane. It was fun catching up with characters from the other books in the series. Also, there is a bit of mystery, and there are several surprises intertwined amidst the main story.

But.. (pesky word that, huh?)

The TORTURE of getting to Jack and Daisy’s romance was sometimes too much. Around 16 to 17 chapters elapsed before Daisy even thought about Jack as a possible love interest, and another four chapters or so before it even looked like romance could be a possibility. In addition, some of Jack’s storyline, primarily because he’s a pastor, seemed less than truthful or pastor-like.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy Denise Hunter’s books. She handles true-to-life situations, focuses on forgiveness and has a constant thread of Biblical principles and beliefs interwoven throughout the narrative-all done in such a way as to make for pleasant reading.

On Magnolia Lane can be read as a stand-alone book but is more relatable reading the series in order.

I received this book from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

After two years of counseling sessions with Daisy Pendleton, Pastor Jack McReady has earned a permanent spot in her life as a spiritual leader—and nothing more. Jack would never risk losing her trust by exposing the depths of his heart, but he’s hopelessly in love with her.

Daisy loves her southern small-town life and her job at her family-run flower shop, but she doesn’t have the thing she longs for most: someone to share it with. Her recent foray into online dating has been a disaster—until she meets TJ.

Jack could kill his friend Noah for using his initials and some indistinct photos to set up a profile on the dating app Daisy is using. But when he’s finally afforded the opportunity to show her a different side of himself, he’s sucked into the plan before he has time for second thoughts.

Online, Daisy shares some of her greatest fears with TJ, but in person, Jack and Daisy are spending more time together. When a devastating family secret surfaces, Daisy knows that only her trusted friend and counselor can bring her comfort. Jack wants nothing more than to be both men for Daisy, but revealing his secret will prove to be the ultimate test of Daisy’s grace.

Dead Letter, A Meddlin’ Madeline Mystery by Chautona Havig on Tour with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book: Dead Letter, A Meddlin’ Madeline Mystery

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian historical, mystery

Release Date: February 19, 2019

For the first time, Madeline has permission to meddle.

Something’s not adding up in the Wintherwood, Ohio bank, and Madeline’s there to figure out why.

Sent by the Rockland Pinkerton’s office to investigate shady banking practices, Madeline finally has the opportunity to try out all her developing detective skills. From her new disguise to an assumed persona, complete with non-existent fiancé, Madeline takes on embezzlement in Wintherwood, Ohio.

Now, to find the culprit and get back to Rockland before Amy arrives, before Mrs. Barnes gets any sicker, and before Russell writes her off as a hopeless, heartless girl.

As Madeline figures out what’s happening, even Mr. Flint begins to lose confidence in her. How will she prove who is taking the money and why–especially after her primary suspect ends up dead?

Dead Letter is the fourth book in the Meddlin’ Madeline series.

Click here to purchase your copy.

***A NOTE FROM ME***

I haven’t had the opportunity to read this story yet. However, I read the other three books in the series and enjoyed them, so I wanted to promote it. I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one, too.

About the Author

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

More from Chautona

“This is book four, right?”

I nodded.

He looked at me with those eyes that conjure up the idea of puppy dogs begging for treats. So deceptive. “You’re going to have to up the stakes then.”

“Well, this is the one where she goes into official active detective mode and decides if she even wants that kind of life.”

“Not enough.”

He was right, and I knew it. Fortunately, I’d prepared for this moment. You see, I know him well. He’s a horror writer. He likes to torment in ways that make my worst meannesses seem petty (like the time I suggested killing off Chad in Past Forward—trust me. That was kind compared to his ideas).

So, I pulled out my bigger gun and plopped it on the table. I added ammunition. And grinned.

Look, you guys are going to hate me for it, but trust me. It needs to be done. You’ll forgive me… eventually. Maybe. I hope.

Then he did it. He gave me that look. No, not the, “Yeah, baby!” look you want to see when you’ve hit a hole in one. The, “Is that all you’ve got?” look.

The work began. He suggested one thing. I toned it back. He looked like that puppy again—except this time I’d kicked him. Bless his heart, he does love his horror.

Still, he whistled his way out the door a short while later, and I grinned. Compromise is beautiful. But what does that mean for YOU?

3 Reasons You’ll Love the Book and Hate Me

First—

Love the book: Madeline as Jane Sempleton is a hoot. She cracked me up from the beginning, and I’m still chuckling.

Hate me: Madeline’s faith and integrity are tested in this one—exponentially. Without giving away too much, her father even rebukes her!!!

Second—

Love the book: Mrs. Barnes is such a sweet mentor to Madeline

Hate me: Mrs. Barnes. That’s all I’m sayin’. Mrs. Barnes.

Third—

Love the book: Snippets of the heart get revealed.

Hate me: Russell. That’s all I’m sayin’. Russell.

So, there you have it. All the reasons you should read this book… and remember that the series isn’t over. Not by a long shot. It’s darkest before dawn. And um… a whole bunch of other clichés.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, March 18

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 18

All-of-a-kind Mom, March 19

Mary Hake, March 19

Aryn, The Libraryan, March 20

Back Porch Reads, March 21

Carpe Diem, March 22

Through the Fire Blogs, March 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 23

For Him and My Family, March 24

janicesbookreviews, March 24

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 25

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 26

Texas Book-aholic, March 27

Bigreadersite, March 28

Lots of Helpers, March 28

Multifarious, March 29

A Reader’s Brain, March 30

Blogging With Carol, March 30

Inklings and notions, March 31

The Becca Files, March 31

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize of a paperback copy of Dead Letter, a Madeline-inspired book cozy, and a book-themed candle!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/dee6/meddelin-madeline-dead-letter-celebration-tour-giveaway

First Line Fridays-On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter Hosted by Hoarding Books!!

Publisher’s Summary

Falling in love with Daisy was easy for Jack. But finding the courage to tell her becomes problematic when his secret feelings lead to even bigger complications.

After two years of counseling sessions with Daisy Pendleton, Pastor Jack McReady has earned a permanent spot in her life as a spiritual leader—and nothing more. Jack would never risk losing her trust by exposing the depths of his heart, but he’s hopelessly in love with her.

Daisy loves her southern small-town life and her job at her family-run flower shop, but she doesn’t have the thing she longs for most: someone to share it with. Her recent foray into online dating has been a disaster—until she meets TJ.

Jack could kill his friend Noah for using his initials and some indistinct photos to set up a profile on the dating app Daisy is using. But when he’s finally afforded the opportunity to show her a different side of himself, he’s sucked into the plan before he has time for second thoughts.

Online, Daisy shares some of her greatest fears with TJ, but in person, Jack and Daisy are spending more time together. When a devastating family secret surfaces, Daisy knows that only her trusted friend and counselor can bring her comfort. Jack wants nothing more than to be both men for Daisy, but revealing his secret will prove to be the ultimate test of Daisy’s grace.

My Comments

This is book three in Denise Hunter’s Blue Ridge Romance series. I am enjoying it so much, I can’t wait to finish so I can review it!!

Now it’s your turn!

Go grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see the First Lines others are sharing this week make your way to Hoarding Books.

March 2019 ACFW New Fiction Releases

Sandra Ardoin

Sandra Ardoin @sandraardoin

March is blowing in like a lion, but you can tame it with some relaxing reading time. Check out these new releases in Christian fiction. Which one(s) will go into your TBR stack?

Children’s:

The Case of the Missing Firehouse DogbyDaphne Self— Majesty, the firehouse dog, is missing. Willie and Jax are on the case to discover who is the dognapping culprit. Could it be their neighbor, Mr. Applebee? Or maybe it is Ms. Thornton? Join the Pintail Duo, Wilhelmina van der Coup and Jackson Barnaby, as they follow the clues to rescue Majesty in The Case of the Missing Firehouse Dog. (Children’s from Ambassador International)

Contemporary Romance:

When He Found MebyVictoria Bylin— With his career and faith in tatters, a disillusioned baseball player falls for an optimistic single mom secretly battling cervical cancer. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

His Secret Daughter

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