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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Book Review: Haunted Charlottesville and Surrounding Counties by Susan Schwartz

Haunted Charlottesville and Surrounding Counties
by Susan Schwartz
Genre: Ghost Stories

Charlottesville, Virginia, and its 12 surrounding counties are filled with history and charm. They also hold spirits who aren’t ready to leave their beloved homes or families behind. Visit more than 75 haunting locations with this experiential and historical guide. Shiver your way through haunted graveyards, mansions, parks, private residences, and other locations as you discover the past and learn of current lingering ghosts and the havoc they continue to instigate. Have you ever pondered about the spiritual implications from murders of olde? Think you might like to be pinched by a ghost or have your name called when no one is there? Interested in what a paranormal investigative group might find? Then make plans to explore these strange and frightening locations. Contact information is provided for those places allowing visitations. But when you visit, be ready for a haunting good time! 


About the Author
Susan Schwartz RN, MSN, MSHA has been an avid writer for around 10 years doing everything from writing freelance articles to editing manuscripts for other authors. She loves to write horror stories that have a twist at the end.

Her alter ego is a former Operating Room Nurse, current Nurse Educator who loves creating tales from the interesting and weird things she has seen. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Virginia Writers Club where she has served as President of the Richmond Chapter in the past. She also has two novels in the works, a paranormal romance and a medical thriller. In her spare time, she loves to read, crochet, and travel to such places as Italy, Spain, Australia, and Korea. 

Author Links

My Thoughts

I love a good ghost story. I don't know why, but I do. I had not read anything by this author previously, so I was excited to do so. In this book the author and her brother tour the areas covered in the book. It seemed to be that most of the sightings/hauntings happened around heavy Civil War areas around Virginia. Not an uncommon thing. I remember doing a ghost tour in Gettysburg, PA and there was so much activity. 

One of the things that I liked is the recomendations that the author made through out the book. She gives hours of operation of various places. I enjoyed this book

I received a copy of this book through Silver Dagger blogging program. All thoughts are my own. 
$20 Amazon, Signed Copy of Book – 1 winner each! 
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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Book Review and Giveaway: Danger on the Ranch by Dana Mentink -- On Tour with Celebrate Lit

Danger on the Ranch FB Cover

About the Book

Book: Danger on the Ranch
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspirational romantic suspense
Release date: June 1, 2019
Danger on the Ranch Cover
After putting his serial killer brother in prison, former US marshal Mitch Whitehorse chooses a solitary country life—until his brother escapes. Now Mitch’s former sister-in-law, Jane Reyes, needs protection…for herself and the toddler she’s kept a secret. Mitch still isn’t sure of Jane’s innocence in his brother’s crimes, but to keep his nephew out of a killer’s grasp, trusting her is his only option.

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About the Author

Dana-MentinkDana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming, Harvest House and Woman’s World Magazine. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

More from Dana

We’re kicking off a new cowboy series, but this one is going to take you for a wild ride! Set on a ranch that’s sandwiched between the sea and the hills required me to do some on site research of course! I spent quite a while in this gorgeous area of California, looking for cattle. (You can see the zany results in my video.) I found the cattle, and also the perfect setting for this first book. It’s a creepy one, I’ll warn you, as hero Mitch Whitehorse comes face to face with the serial killer brother he sent to prison….and his desperate ex sister in law. Saddle up and enjoy the story! God bless!

My Thoughts

I will always read anything that Dana Mentink puts out. I know that when I pick up one of her books I will be sent on a action packed adventure that will leave your heart pounding. This is the start of a new series for the author. In this first book in the Roughwater Racnch Cowboys series we meet Jane and Mitch. Mitch is a retired US Marshal that has to protect his former sister in law, Jane. Jane has kept her child a secret and is leary of trusting her former brother in law. The author writes amazing, real, unique characters. Her descriptions of them make then feel real. This story line will have you turning pages quickly and the action will not stop. 

I cannot wait until the next book in the series. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program. All thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, June 26
Quiet Quilter, June 26
Vicky Sluiter, June 27
Wishful Endings, June 28
Hallie Reads, June 30
Pause for Tales, June 30
Remembrancy, July 2
Moments, July 3
Genesis 5020, July 4
Emily Yager, July 5
Carpe Diem, July 5
Bigreadersite, July 6
EmpowerMoms, July 8


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize package that includes a gorgeous insulated lunch bag, a copy of Danger on the Ranch (winner’s choice of format), and a $15 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Book Review and Giveaway: Vigilant by Sara Davison on tour with JustRead


Title: Vigilant
Series: The Night Guardians, Book 1
Author: Sara Davison
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date: 
June 1, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
She must choose between the man who represents the law and the one who may have taken it into his own hands.
Neglected by her parents for most of her life, Nicole Hunter keeps everyone, especially men, at arms’ length. So when Attorney Gage Kelly walks into the diner where she is waiting tables one evening, she fights her attraction to him with everything she has.
Gage and his brother Holden grew up in an abusive home, and Gage has baggage of his own. But the connection between him and Nicole is too strong to ignore, and Gage manages to convince them both that their relationship is worth the risk.
Then children begin disappearing in the night.
When Detective Daniel Grey starts to close in on the child snatcher, and enlists Nicole’s help, she faces her deepest fear. Everything and everyone she has clung to so tightly could be ripped from her, leaving her completely alone.
Except for one.
PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository


Sara Davison - headshot 1Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense novel, The Watcher, the romantic suspense series, The Seven Trilogy, and the suspense novel, Vigilant, book one of The Night Guardians Series.  She has been a finalist for eight national writing awards, including the Word Award for Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards, and is a Word and Cascade Award winner. Sara has a degree in English Literature and currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to.
CONNECT WITH SARA:  Website | Facebook Twitter


This is the first book that I have read from this author. I love when I can discover new authors. I will be looking for her previous books. This is book 1 in the Night Guardians Series. This book is one that I needed to read at this season in my life. I have found myself asking the same questions that were asked in the book. Why does God allow things to happen? This book was a great reminder that I need to cast all of my cares on him - for he loves us so much. More then we could love ourselves. Disclosure: This book does cover some hard topics such as child abuse. 

This book feautured real, flawed, well written characters. They are relatable. The storyline draws you in within the first few moments. You will not want to put this book down once you start reading it. 

I look forward to the next book in the series. 

I received a copy of this book through the JustRead blogging program. All thoughts are my own. 


(1) winner will receive a copy of Vigilant and $25 Amazon Gift Card!
Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 4, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 17, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open to US/CAN residents!
Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

She's a Keeper! Cockamamie Memoirs from a Hot Southern Mess by Lee St. John on tour with Silver Dagger Blog Tours

She's a Keeper!
Cockamamie Memoirs from a Hot Southern Mess
by Lee St. John
Genre: Memoirs

Hold on to your pantyhose. It’s going to get rough.

My name is Lee St. John. I’m an unapologetic rogue Southern Belle. A high-jinx expert and mayhem confessor.

With all the cotillion classes and etiquette lessons, I was taught manners and how to behave. But all those years of learning and acting with utmost decorum won’t stop me from saying what needs to be said.

Buy today to hear what I have to say about former Presidents, the Mafia, famous people—dead and alive—as well as my own friends and family!

"Lee St. John is a natural born storyteller with loads of style, humor
and down home Southern Belle charm. And honey child, does she have
stories to tell!" - David Henry Sterry, bestselling author of Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent

Author and humorist known for her Southern Charm, Lee St. John writes her observational comedy columns for several Georgia newspapers and no one is safe as she confesses and shares these observations in her recent book, She's A Keeper - Cockamamie Memoirs from a Hot Southern Mess by Bienvenue Press. No one - and she knows a lot of people - like Presidents of the United States, Professional Golf Champions, National Football League Super Bowl Champs, and even tales about the Mafia. Oh, and family and friends (even herself!)

A retired teacher, She's A Keeper - Funny Teacher Stories from Real Southern Classrooms tells the funny truths of what happened in Southern schools. Again she spills it. What can they do? Fire her? 

These stories awarded her the #1 ranking on Amazon's Best Sellers under Humor & Entertainment Essays Kindle e-books Short Reads.

Lee also is a popular and engaging guest speaker in the Southeast. She is found on every dang social media outlet. 

Born, bred, and still living in Georgia, this Peach has been married for 35 years to her Southern gentleman. Lee and her husband have two grown sons and a tater-tot dog, Obie. Oh, and Lee loves to laugh.


This is my first read by Ms. St. John, so I really didn’t know what to expect going into it,  I wanted to read it since I love memiors. She’s A Keeper! Is a collection of anecdotes, thoughts, opinions, pranks and memories from the pen of Lee St. John. This covers a variety of subjects and had me laughing the whole time. This is a quick and easy read, and once I started I did not want to stop. I love the way that the author presented her "rants". The way she does it makes you feel  like you are sitting down drinking some coffee and having some girl time. 

I received a copy of this book through the Silver Dagger blogging program, all thoughts are my own. 

$10 Amazon
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