Friday, September 28, 2018

Bookshelf Friday - Called to Protect by Lynette Eason

I've been behind in my book reviews, but my reading time has been cut short it seems lately. However I did find a chance to finish a few books at the end of summer. Lynette Eason's Called to Protect being one of them. Here's a blurb and we'll chat on the other side!

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 fiancé 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?

I do love romantic suspense, and Eason has long been one of my favorite authors of the genre. This is the second book of her Blue Justice series but you by no means need to read the first--though it will add to the depth and understanding of other characters in this book. 

I enjoyed the way this book touched on the topic of human trafficking. While portions of it seemed very authentic and needed to be brought into light, there were character moments that felt more author driven than authentic to the plot. Such as one young girl being rescued and then leaving safety to hop in the back of her abductor's truck. Though the author laid down reasons for this decision, I still struggled to fully believe them. That being said, the glimpse into a canine unit, the return to the St. John family, and the fast pacing of this book still pulled me through the pages.

The first book in this series was my favorite, but this second one is a strong addition. I'll definitely read the third. I happily give Called to Protect 4 out of 5 stars.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Cover Reveal!

Hey all!'s the cover of my debut that's releasing in November. I'm participating in a cover reveal through JustRead Publicity tours, and can I say that Annie and Carrie are AMAZING! There's a small giveaway to help celebrate the reveal, and you can enter it right at their site. So check out a little about the book along with my cover, and then head on over there!

At First Glance
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.

Aren't those colors so pretty??!! Having a cover is definitely making this all a little more real:)

Enter the giveaway for a $15 Amazon card over at JustRead!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Bookshelf Friday - AND THE WINNER IS...

Last week I ran a giveaway for one lucky person to pick one of the upcoming summer releases. There's so many wonderful people who stopped by and so many wonderful books to giveaway, I wish I could offer more books to more of you!! Alas, Mr. Budget says I must stick to my 1 book award:) SO...the lucky winner drawn via Random Number Generator IS...


Sonnetta, I have also emailed you directly. So let me know your pick (you were split between two) and I'll get it to you ASAP!

Congrats and thanks to everyone for entering:) I'll be reviewing the books in upcoming weeks. Have a happy Fourth of July this week!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Bookshelf Friday - So Many Books, So Little Time

Hey all! I'm running a GIVEAWAY today in conjunction with my newsletter. If you haven't signed up for it yet, go ahead and join in the fun over there on the right. I send them out quarterly to try and keep you up-to-date with all my authorly ventures:)

Typically Fridays are my review days here on the blog, but there are so many great books hitting the shelves right now that I switched things up a little. You'll see reviews of these books over the next few weeks, but for right now I wanted to highlight them and give one of you a chance to ensure one of these books makes it into your hands!

SO...if you'd like that chance to win your choice of a copy of one of these featured books, all you need to do is give me a comment below on which looks the most interesting and PLEASE INCLUDE your email address so I can reach you if you win!

Winner will be announced here next Friday.

***18+. Continental US residents only. Winner will be selected via random number generator and announced Friday, June 29, 2018. This giveaway is not endorsed by or affiliated with Blogger, Mailchimp, or Facebook. By participating in the giveaway, you release Blogger, Mailchimp, and Facebook from any liability related to this giveaway. Void where prohibited by law.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Bookshelf Friday - Falling For You by Becky Wade

Oooh! Another Becky Wade novel released in May. I cannot tell a lie, she is one of my FAVORITE authors, so I was super excited to have this one in my hands. And had life been a little slower this spring, I would have already put the review up, but better late than never because, friends, this is a book you'll want to grab if you haven't already! Here's a short blurb and then we'll chat on the other side:)

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family's small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin--and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he's never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he's determined to make her give him a second chance.

When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they're forced to confront their past and who they've become--and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.

Wade does it again with this contemporary romance. In fact, I think she just keeps getting better. I've noticed a shift in her writing from character driven to plot driven, and it's only added depth to her writing which I already loved. The story Corbin and Willow are chasing down keeps readers hooked, as does the the chemistry between them. Wade is masterful at moving from moments brimming with depth and seriousness, to ones of easy banter that has you smiling and laughing right along with the characters in the book. I enjoy the sense of humor Wade continues to show on the page. Through it all she weaves the beautiful truth of God in ways that all readers can relate to. She's never heavy-handed with her faith, but neither does she shy away from it, and that lends authenticity to her characters as well. Faith is often seen best in the simple living of our lives rather than in preaching it loudly, and Wade demonstrates this with a deft hand. Truly another amazing book by Becky Wade.

I happily give Falling For You 5 out of 5 stars and you can purchase it here.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.***

Friday, June 8, 2018

Bookshelf Friday - The Innkeeper's Daughter by Michelle Griep

I was excited to pick up this historical by Michelle Griep, and when I did, life became too busy to finish it! Lucky for me, we recently had a holiday weekend:) Here's a short blurb, and we'll chat on the other side!

Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.
All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.
Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

There was so much to enjoy about this novel. Griep is always strong in her creation of male leads, and Alex is no exception. I enjoyed the way he and Joanna grew to know one another and their back-and-forth. She so desperately wanted to be strong, and he so desperately wanted to help her. They both had internal struggles they needed to walk through, and they did. I appreciably how Griep handled the themes in this story in organic ways. I also liked the unique secondary characters. While I struggled a tad in the middle which at times felt slow, overall this was another great read, and I'll happily pick up a Griep novel again!

I give The Innkeeper's Daughter 4 out of 5 stars, and you can purchase it here.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Cease Striving

Sometimes the thing we're chasing can't be caught. And when we continue to pursue it we not only grow tired, but we grow restless. Or hopeless. It may be a relationship. A career. An acknowledgement. A better body. More friends. There are countless things we chase after...but the only thing we should be chasing is God.

Friends, we need to stop striving so hard for things we aren't meant to possess. How do we know if what we seek falls into that category? Simple. The second half of that verse: and know that I am God. When we know who he is, when we pour ourselves into him, he shows us who we are. He lights our path. Gives us direction. Whispers what it is that we were created to pursue. When we focus on God, everything else eventually falls into place.

Yes, we'll still experience bumps and bruises as we move toward our calling, but we won't grow weary. Tired maybe, but not weary:) We'll discover patience in the waiting. Peace along the bumpy roads. Hope that we'll make it to our destination.

Because we will.

We just have to cease striving and instead, seek Him.