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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway - Now That I Know You Author: Olivia Newport On Tour With Celebrate Lit

 


About the Book

Book: Now That I Know You

Author: Olivia Newport

Genre: Split-Time Contemporary/Historical

Release date: Fall, 2021


Cate Butler is the distant cousin genealogist Jillian was so certain she wanted to find—and the only connection she has to her deceased mother’s Parisi family tree. So why does she wish Cate would stop pestering her? And why can’t Jillian find a paper trail proving Cate is who she says she is?

Cate wants something for her own career that Jillian can’t give, but she also holds the key to family history Jillian can’t bring herself to walk away from. Nolan, Jillian’s father, steps in when Cate’s chronic career chaos requires legal rescue. Drew, the man who holds Jillian’s heart, has a surprising past with Cate. The truths Jillian, Cate, and Drew find while untangling these knotted threads tie them back together in remarkable ways none of them ever would have imagined.

Now That I Know You is Book 5 in the Tree of Life series, exploring and celebrating unforgettable family stories in Canyon Mines, the mountain town that invites you back again and again.

 

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About the Author


Olivia Newport’s novels blend the truth of how our pasts carry us into where we find ourselves now. Curiosity about history seems to creep into everything she does. Her books include Amish, historical, and contemporary stories that span the centuries from before the Revolutionary War right up to the present moment.

She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak. Visit www.olivianewport.com.

 

More from Olivia

I’ve wanted to write Now That I Know You for nearly 20 years—at least the historical story part of this split-time novel.

 

When my son was a freshman in high school, he joined the mock trial team, and my husband and I entered the league of parents who watched versions of the same competition over and over. The state bar association selects a case and provides every team with the same documents to study as the basis of preparing both prosecution and defense. Team members play roles of attorneys and witnesses.

 

That first year, the case was trying a particular individual in connection with his role in events that culminated in the 1914 “Ludlow Massacre,” which is featured in Now That I Know You. My son played a witness for the prosecution. My proudest moment was when one of the scoring judges—who are actual court judges—singled him out for his skill in recognizing and dodging the opposing counsel’s interrogation strategy. Somebody hold me in my chair, because you really are not supposed to jump and cheer at mock trial!

 

Since I heard the case several times, the history wormed its way into my heart and mind. The injustice and tragedy of the story weighed heavy, but so did the legacy of the events and their eventual impact on history that affects us even today. People often ask where book ideas come from. Sometimes they germinate inside me for a long time before the moment is ripe to put them on the page in the lives of characters who have grown around them. This is one of those stories.

 

—Olivia Newport

My Thoughts

Now That I Know You is part of the Tree of Life Series that is written by  Olivia Newport. I have read a few of the other books in this series. This is a dual story timeline set in Colorado. This book does build off of some of the previous books - and I would recommend reading them in order. Jillian and her father, Nolan, are still working on genealogical research. This book does cover the Ludlow Massacre. I was unfamiliar with this historical event. I did a little side reading on it and the author did a great job in creating a historical accurate book. I will say that reading about the miners and the striking violence was a little hard to read - but it is a part of history. The characters have been recreating their family history and they discover some new things about them. 

The characters are well written, the story line is unique and the historical facts seem to be accurate. I learned a lot from this book. 

I received a copy of this book from the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program - all thoughts are my own. 


Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 10

Bigreadersite, January 10

lakesidelivingsite, January 11

Daysong Reflections, January 11

All-of-kind Mom, January 11

The Write Escape, January 12

Lots of Helpers, January 12

The Sacred Line, January 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 13

Betti Mace, January 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 14

Texas Book-aholic, January 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 15

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 16

Splashes of Joy, January 16

deb’s Book Review, January 17

Through the Fire Blogs, January 17

Sodbuster Living, January 18

For Him and My Family, January 18

Tell Tale Book Reviews, January 19

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 19

For the Love of Literature, January 20

The Book Club Network, January 20

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 21 (Spotlight)

Blogging With Carol, January 21

Mary Hake, January 21

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, January 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 22

Inklings and notions, January 23

Connect in Fiction, January 23

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away the grand prize package of a signed set of all 5 books in the Tree of Life series!!

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/193c0/now-that-i-know-you-celebration-tour-giveaway

Monday, January 17, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway - Hollywood is Not Home Author: Annmarie M. Roberts On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 


About the Book

Book: Hollywood is Not Home

Author: Annmarie M. Roberts

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction – Romance

Release date: July 13, 2021


Would you trade fame for privacy?

Movie star Maggie Malone has a glamorous lifestyle with everything money can buy—except privacy. Hounded by the paparazzi and ridiculed for her faith, Maggie secretly struggles with severe anxiety and loneliness. All she desires is to be herself—southern girl by birth, ranch lover by heart.

When an anonymous benefactor invites Maggie to participate in a secret project, will her hopelessness find a new direction? Or will she become another celebrity travesty? What if she discovers Hollywood is not Home? Her faith, family, love, and future hang in the balance.

 

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About the Author


Annmarie M. Roberts is an author, copywriter, and scriptwriter. She is a wife and mother of two. Her soul grew to love writing at a young age. In grade school, she could hardly wait to receive her first writing assignment, “What I did over summer break.” She just loved to impress her teacher with a detailed descriptive read of a summer filled with wonder and fascinating adventures, some of which were true. Writing has been her passion in one form or another ever since. “There is nothing like the power of expression through words to create a moment in time or an imaginative place to magically transport your reader,” Annmarie mused when asked about why she loves to write. When she is not working on commercial script writing, she spends time with her family and volunteers with her church in the community.

 

More from Annmarie

Fall in love with a faithfully blessed story and characters that grew from my heart and surely bound to find a place in yours!

This has been a long-time coming friend. It all started about fifteen years ago from a very old desktop computer and a rickety put-together desk that you buy in a box. In the beginning, it had highlights of Hollywood but no traces of the southern influence yet. We hadn’t moved to the south when I started my novel, so the blessings that were about to bestow upon me were still in store. Maybe it came from the handwritten letter from my new pastor in my mailbox the first day I arrived, or the first time I heard a shopping cart called “a buggy”, either way, I knew I was home when I landed in South Carolina. So much of my story is influenced by good Christian women I met in church, delicious southern food that will knock your socks off, and the abundance of faith that runs here like the rivers.

 

If you are reading this, know I appreciate you. If you read my book, I know you will feel the love, friendship, family, laughs, and tears that I belted out as I wrote it.

Find a special place like I have on the covered deck near my kitchen whereas I write now I hear the inviting sound of wind chimes tickling in the soft Southern hot-humid breeze accompanied by a greyed over cloud pending the usual afternoon downpour. Southern afternoon rains are fast and furious, but they kiss the grass and the trees and delight our eyes with forever green tapestry.

Sit in this place soon with a cool glass of fresh-made lemonade and some homemade lemon butter cookies, just like Maggie Malone would.

Alternate cookie and lemonade in one hand and my new novel, Hollywood is Not Home, in the other.

Fall in love with my characters and get to know me as a writer through them.  Share your thoughts with me about my book but never share those homemade lemon butter cookies…those are for you. You deserve them! Enjoy!

My Thoughts

Hollywood is Not Home is the first book that I have read by Annmarie M. Roberts. It is a  Contemporary Christian Fiction Book. I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the theme of not allowing the world/others to change who you are and what you stand for. 

Our main character is Maggie Malone. She is a movie star who is accustomed to living a glamorous lifestyle. She craves some privacy, after being constantly chased by paparazzi. She is made fun of due to her faith. Let's be honest, how many times in real world do we hear those celebrities ridiculed for being a believer. Her character is well written and she feels real. 

The story line moves along easily. I found myself being very drawn into this book. I loved the small town charm the author put into this book. I loved all the faith reminders that the author put into this story. 

I hope to read more from this author in the future. She has a gift. I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 7

Susan K. Beatty, Author, January 8 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, January 8

Texas Book-aholic, January 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 10

deb’s Book Review, January 11

Inklings and notions, January 12

An Author’s Take, January 12

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 13

Vicky Sluiter, January 14 (Author Interview)

By the Book, January 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 15

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 16 (Spotlight)

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, January 17

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 19

Artistic Nobody, January 20 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Annmarie is giving away the grand prize package of a themed gift basket with various items that have inspirational sayings on them like a mug, bookmark, an autographed copy of the book, and a copy of The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall!!

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/17193/hollywood-is-not-my-home-celebration-tour-giveaway

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Book Review - Texas Cold Case Threat Author: Jessica R. Patch

 

About the Book

Book: Texas Cold Case Threat (Book 1 of 2 in the Quantico Profilers) 

Author: Jessica R. Patch 

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense

Length: 214 Pages



When a cold case turns hot,

an isolated ranch goes from refuge…to crime scene.

After a murderer sends her taunting letters, FBI behavioral analyst Chelsey Banks retreats to a friend’s ranch—and interrupts the housekeeper being attacked. When evidence connects the break-in to a cold-case serial killer, Chelsey’s best friend, Texas Ranger Tack Holliday, needs her help. With Tack at her side, this could be Chelsey’s chance to catch two killers—unless one of them gets her first.

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith
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About the Author


Publishers Weekly Bestselling author Jessica R. Patch is known for her dry wit and signature twists whether she’s penned a romantic suspense, a cold case thriller, or a small-town romance. When she’s not getting into fictional mischief with her characters, you can find her cozy on the couch in her mid-south home reading books by some of her favorite authors, watching movies with her family, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. Sign up for her newsletter “Patched In” at www.jessicarpatch.com. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.


My Thoughts


Texas Cold Case Threat is book one in a new series, Quantico Profilers, that is written by Jessica R. Patch. This can also be read as a stand alone. Jessica brings back some of the secondary characters from her previous books and they finally get their own story. This is Tack and Chelsey's story. 

Chelsey is  a FBI behavioral analyst. She prides herself on being top of position. When one of her profiles she assisted with turns out to be wrong, and an innocent man dies in prison, the real killer is out there, and is sending Chelsey threatening letters. She retreats to Texas and stays on a friends ranch. Her best friend, Tack Holliday, who is now a Texas Ranger asks for her help on some of his cold cases. Chelsey finds herself in not only one but two killer's sites. Tack's cold case turns hot again when Chelsey walks in on him. 

Chelsey and Tack have been through a lot together. They have always been the best of friends, however both are harboring secrets from each other. Tack knows that he needs to protect Chelsey, but Chelsey can be stubborn and feels she can protect herself. 

This book will take you on an adventure. You will go on a lot of twists and turns. When I thought I had it figured out, boom another twist in the story. I did not figure it out until the killer/killers were revealed. The characters were well written and the story line suspenseful and adrenaline pumping. I enjoyed seeing familiar characters. This has to be my favorite Patch book yet! 

I received a copy of this book through the author and publisher, all thoughts are my own.  

Book Review - Safe House Exposed Author: Darlene L. Turner

About the Book

Book: Safe House Exposed

Author: Darlene L. Turner

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense

Length: 243 Pages






Witness protection should have kept them safe.

Instead, it left them completely exposed…

Canadian border patrol officer Emma James has only one concern after putting a crime boss behind bars: keeping her daughter safe. But witness protection has a leak, and Emma's enemies know exactly where to find her. Now on the run with no safe haven, trusting her estranged former brother-in-law, police constable Mason James, to shield them is her only hope…

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith

About the Author




Darlene L. Turner’s love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book.

She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her

plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message.

Darlene won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense twice

and an ACFW Genesis award. Her debut book, Border Breach, (Love Inspired Suspense)

won the Word Award (Romance category) in Canada and was also a double winner at the

Selah Awards, taking third place in the First Novel and Romantic Suspense categories.

She’s represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She has three

books releasing in 2022: Safe House Exposed (Feb 22), Fatal Forensic Investigation

(June 28), and book #2 in her Canadian Protectors series (Oct 25).

Darlene met her husband Jeff at the turtle races in Ontario, Canada. She loves flavored

coffee and plaid shirts. You can connect with Darlene at www.darlenelturner.com where

there’s suspense beyond borders.

Darlene’s social media:

Website: https://darlenelturner.com/

Facebook (author page): https://bit.ly/2Woy8dK

Facebook (personal): https://bit.ly/3kLG5ST

Twitter: https://bit.ly/2Qso27O

LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/2UhbelT

BookBub: https://bit.ly/2QrdkhP

Pinterest: https://bit.ly/2x2Batz

Instagram: darlenel.turner


My Thoughts


Safe House Exposed is a Love Inspired Suspense that is written by Darlene L. Turner. This is part of her Border Patrol series. While I have read most of the books in the series, they are all stand alone books. This one focuses on  Canadian border patrol officer Emma James,  who is widowed and the target of a drug family, the Luthers. Her main focus is keeping herself and her daughter, Sierra alive. She voluntarily leaves behind her family and enters witness protection. Her father in law is in charge of making sure she stays safe. What they don't count on is there is a leak somewhere. 

Mason is Emma's brother in law. He is assigned to keep watch over Emma and Sierra. He has not been around the 3 years since his brother died - but he is there now and desperately wants to succeed. He has always been living in his brother's shadow. He never seems to be able to live up to his father, Seth James' high standards. 

The team that is assigned to protect Emma is hand picked by Seth himself. What Mason does not understand is why they keep finding her within hours of every move. Who is feeding the Luther's information?

This book starts out with non stop action, and does not let up at all. I sat and read this book in one sitting on a rainy Saturday evening. The author throws in all sorts of twists and turns to have you second guessing who you think is responsible for the leak. 

Well written characters, great Faith Elements woven into the story. You will be drawn in within the first chapter. 

I received a copy of this book through the author's launch team, all thoughts are my own. 

Book Review and Giveaway - Buried Cold Case Secrets Author: Sami A. Abrams On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 


About the Book

Book: Buried Cold Case Secrets

Author: Sami A. Abrams

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: December 28, 2021


Recovering her missing memories…

Could be the key to solving a murder…

Searching for her best friend’s remains could help forensic anthropologist Melanie Hutton regain her memories of when they were both kidnapped—unless the killer gets to Melanie first. For her safety, Melanie must rely on Detective Jason Cooper, who still blames her for his sister’s death. Can Jason set the past aside to solve the cold-case murder…and shield Melanie from the same fate?

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Two-time Genesis winner Sami A. Abrams and her husband live in Northern California, but she’ll always be a Kansas girl at heart. She enjoys visiting her two grown children and spoiling their sweet fur babies. Most evenings, if Sami’s not watching sports, you’ll find her engrossed in a romantic suspense novel. She thinks a crime plus a little romance is the recipe for a great story.

More from Sami

What writer doesn’t grow up reading every chance they get? That would be me.

Until my thirties, I hated to read. Then someone told me about Terri Blackstock, and I decided to give her books a try. I was hooked. I guess there’s something to finding the right genre. Romantic Suspense is it for me. Of course, that makes sense. I love CSI, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. Over the years, I have expanded my taste, but there’s just something about suspense that keeps me coming back.

A little over five years ago, I decided to start checking off some of the items on my bucket list. I learned how to rock climb and got my scuba certification, among other things. When I got to the item, writing a novel, I sat down and pounded it out. Check the box; I was done. Wrong. God had other plans and placed some amazing people in my life.

One of those plans was attending MurderCon, a conference for writers where they learn from experts about, you guessed it…murder. Actually, it’s about police procedures, crime scene analysis…the list goes on and on. One of the workshops I attended was with a forensic anthropologist, and the idea for Melanie Hutton and Buried Cold Case Secrets was born.

I loved writing Melanie’s story. She’s a fighter and refuses to let anything stand in her way, including the man, Jason Cooper, who blames her for her best friend’s death. Jason holds on to the past and his hatred toward Melanie, but he soon learns that if he puts aside his assumptions and listens, he’ll discover the truth about the day his sister died. Letting go of his anger and blame is tough for Jason, but when he does, he finds the life he’s always wanted.

I hope you enjoy reading Melanie and Jason’s story as much as I did writing it.

I’d love to hear from you. Please visit my website at samiaabrams.com and sign up for my newsletter.

My Thoughts

Buried Cold Case Secrets is the debut Love Inspired Suspense book that is written by  Sami A. Abrams. This is a book that you will not want to miss. Once I started it - I could not put it down. If you are not familiar with Love Inspired Suspense it is a series that is published by Harlequin, and it's the Christian Line. You can count on Faith and Suspense that is interwoven together. 

Our main characters are Melanie Hutton and Jason Cooper. Melanie was abducted with her best friend, Allison. Allison's brother, Jason blames Melanie for his sisters death. What Jason is having a hard time understanding is that Melanie does not remember much about the incident. She has now obtained a job as a forensic anthropologist back in town and her appearance has caused an uproar. Some still blame her and others hate the way she was shunned by her parents after the ordeal. Jason is working with law enforcement and they both want to solve the case together. That is unless the killer gets ahold of them first. They both need to forgive each other to move forward. 

There is a lot of non stop action. I felt that when my heart stopped beating so rapidly another scene unfolded and my adrenaline started back up again. Carve out time to read this book. You will want to finish it in one sitting. 

A special thank you to the author and the publisher for a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own. 


Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 8

The Avid Reader, January 8

Bigreadersite, January 8

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 9

Bizwings Blog, January 9

Texas Book-aholic, January 10

The Sacred Line, January 10

Inklings and notions, January 11

Labor Not in Vain, January 11

Betti Mace, January 11

For Him and My Family, January 12

For the Love of Literature, January 12

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, January 13 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, January 13

Lights in a Dark World, January 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 14

Elly Gilbert, January 14

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 15

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 15

Mary Hake, January 15

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 16

Kayem Reads, January 16

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 17 (Spotlight)

Through the Fire Blogs, January 17

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, January 18

Britt Reads Fiction, January 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 19

Blogging With Carol, January 19

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, January 20

Simple Harvest Reads, January 20 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, January 21

Pause for Tales, January 21

Blossoms and Blessings, January 21

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sami is giving away the grand prize package of a book, a coffee mug, a notebook, a pen!!

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/17198/buried-cold-case-secrets-celebration-tour-giveaway