Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Crown of Rosemund by Michele Ashman Bell #booktour #giveaway #medievalfiction

The Crown of Rosemund by Michele Ashman Bell

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Genre: Medieval  Fiction/Romance

Source:  Received to Review

Book DescriptionAnduron, 1498

The king and queen are dead, murdered by one who will stop at nothing to rule. But the young princess—Rosemund—has survived, spirited deep into the forest by her parents’ most trusted advisor. There, she finds refuge in a small cottage and a new life, one in which she must play a role that will ensure her survival. Soldiers are combing the countryside searching for the lost princess, and they will not rest until she is found—and eliminated.

Rosemund’s strength grows as she trains for battle and endures the hardships and dangers of peasant life. When chance brings Maxwell, a young man from the nearby village, into her life, Rose finds in him an ally and a friend. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, the time has come for Rose to reclaim her birthright, and in a court controlled by a vengeful new ruler, she must play a deadly game of politics in order to seize the throne that is rightfully hers.

My thoughts: Books containing political intrigue have always interested me.  This story is set in the 1400s in a fictional kingdom.  One man will stop at nothing to obtain the throne.  His obstacle is a Princess named Rosemund.

Rosemund was spirited away by her father's loyal advisor, Jacob.  Her parents were murdered by a man they should have been able to trust.  Jacob takes her away to a remote village and raises her to be a warrior.  The catch is that she has to pose as a lad.  The danger is always near and one false step would cause their plans to come to naught and allow a villain to rule the country.

Rose undergoes intensive training and is joined by two young men from the village, Maxwell and Ricker.  The friendship and camaraderie they share were wonderful. Both believe that they are training with a boy. Their friendship helps propel the story to a satisfactory conclusion.

I enjoyed the story.   I loved Rosemund's transformation from victim to Queen. The Crown of Rosemund had a few surprise moments.  There were things revealed that I did not see coming.  Overall, this is a very satisfying book to read.  The main characters are young, it would be appropriate as a young adult book.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Read an Excerpt from "Woe is Us" by D.K. Doulous #giveaway #amreading


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WoE Is Us
By D.K. Doulos
Christian Dystopian, YA, Sci-Fi
Paperback & ebook, 267 Pages
March 30, 2021 by Ambassador International

Lyrian Wallace was only ten years old when the Malevolence struck on October 10, 2056. She thought the next decade had numbed her to the grief, the death, the bots, and the daily struggle for survival. She lost her parents when they became Sleepers, but like everyone else, she had pieced together a new family. Lyrian was almost content when the Alliance began taking them . . .

The world always took things away from her. She could only live for today and never dared to hope for any heaven. But when her circumstances change, Lyrian must choose how she might live for both this life and the next.

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Lyrian’s pulse raced as she tried to locate the bot. It had to be out there somewhere. Seconds dragged into minutes before movement in the distance caught her attention.

“Huck!” she said aloud before clapping her hand over her mouth. She turned to Corya in a panic, and they exchanged concerned looks. Did the bot hear her? Did it see Huck approaching? Where was it?

She scanned the parking lot and adjacent buildings outside, desperate to locate the bot. Then she noticed Huck now running toward the building, waving and pointing at them. A sound behind her spun her around, but it was Gamble coming up the stairs.

“Where’d it go?” he said.

“I don’t know. I lost it.”

Gamble’s eyes widened. “Get down!” he shouted, raising his lightning bug as the glass shattered behind her. The screeching electronic sounds of the Malevolence-crazed bot sent a shiver down her neck and spine as she dove between the balcony pews. Rolling, Lyrian caught sight of Gamble firing his lightning bug. Launching from the weapon flew a dart connected to a pair of thin, thread-like wires. The projectile impacted the torso of the bot and held fast to the surface using an ultra-conductive adhesive gel. The machine shook in violent convulsions before collapsing among the shards of broken glass beside Lyrian.

“You okay, chica?”

“I’m fine,” she said, sitting up. “Thank you.”

“You know I got your back,” Gamble said as he hurried over to repack the projectile into his lightning bug.


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D.K. Doulos has written stories most of his life and is thankful he can use his talent in service to God. When he's not writing, he enjoys going camping, impersonating a grill master, and watching college football. Between epic cross-country family road trips, he lives in Texas with his wife and four children. Find out more about D.K. on his website (www.dkdoulos.com).

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Come Sweet Day by Julianne Donaldson ~ A Beautiful Book of Poetry #poetry #christianpoetry


Come, Sweet Day: Holding On To Hope In Dark TimesCome, Sweet Day: Holding On To Hope In Dark Times by Julianne Donaldson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source:  Netgalley
Genre: Spiritual Poetry

Book Description:  Created to provide solace, strength, and inspiration, Come, Sweet Day is for anyone feeling weighed down by life. This collection of poems and essays, written by an award-winning author, reminds each of us that we are not alone. God is good, and we can see His love even in dark times.

Though loneliness and despair may at times seem overwhelming, the words on these pages encourage us to seek for grace, to find the light and let it in, and to hold on to hope.

There are good days coming.

My thoughts: This beautiful book of poetry reminds me that there is hope even when circumstances are bleak.

Julianne Donaldson is a talented author. I have read and loved her novels. In this book, she shows that she is diverse in her writing skills. She takes a moment and lets the reader know why she wrote her poems, the circumstances, and how she was feeling. I appreciate her insight and her testimony of the Savior.

This is a perfect book for anyone who is undergoing trials, or if you just want something to uplift you spirit.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Billionaire's Sons by Julie L Spencer #blogtour #contemporaryfiction #familysaga


Billionaire's Sons by Julie L. Spencer

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Genre:  Contemporary Fiction/Romance

Source:  Received to Review

Book Description:  Four love stories, Six brothers, and the Inheritance that tears them apart.

The esteemed businessman, Nicholas Cohen, attempts to win the heart of his childhood sweetheart, Adele, despite his older brother ruining their wedding.

Meanwhile, his younger brother, Sam, impatiently waits for the girl of his dreams, Leanne, to finish her master’s degree hoping to whisk her away to a far-off land to complete her Ph.D.

Their younger brother, Jacob, falls for the captain’s daughter, Maryam, on a superyacht bound for the Caribbean, much to their parent's dismay. One generation later, Emanuel elopes with a not-too-much-older woman, Aloise, three months after high school, less than 24-hours after they meet only to discover he’s married to the enemy.

My thoughts:   Billionaire's Sons is a family saga and legacy.  The story spans three generations of the Cohen family.  Originally from Jerusalem, the family embarks on a journey that leads them to the shores of Mexico and then scattered throughout North America.

The story was interesting and familiar at the same time.  The author wants to have the reader figure out why it is familiar, so I will let out her secret.  (In case you want to read and figure it out for yourself.) The book is broken up into parts.  Each part tells the story of one or more of the family members.  The family has wealth, but is torn apart because of it.  I am not a big fan of insta-love, something that this book has in abundance.  That would be the reason for the three stars.

This is the first book I have read of Julie L Spencer.  I am intrigued and will plan on reading a few more of the series.  Fortunately, they are available on Kindle Unlimited.

If I were to rate the books I would say they are PG-13.  There are references to substance abuse, infidelity, and fade to black intimacy and innuendo.

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About the author:  Julie L. Spencer is a bestselling romance author of over twenty-two gritty clean books with snarky, flawed characters, and romantic twists and turns. A scientist by day and moonlighting as an author, Julie is an indoor girl with very little desire to step away from her computer. She loves her books and her characters almost as much as she loves her kitten.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

My Dear Miss Dupre by Grace Hitchcock ~ Book Review #Christian #historicalfiction


My Dear Miss Dupré
by Grace Hitchcock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source:  Received to Review
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Book Description:  Willow Dupré never thought she would have to marry, but with her father's unexpected retirement from running the prosperous Dupré sugar refinery, plans changed. The shareholders are unwilling to allow a female to take over the company without a man at her side, so her parents devise a plan--find Willow a spokesman king in order for her to become queen of the empire.

Willow is presented with thirty potential suitors from the families of New York society's elite group called the Four Hundred. She has six months to court the group and is expected to eliminate men each month to narrow her beaus until she chooses one to marry, ending the competition with a wedding. Willow reluctantly agrees, knowing she must do what is best for the business. She doesn't expect to find anything other than a proxy . . . until she meets Cullen Dempsey, and she must discover for herself if his motives are pure.

My thoughts: "The Bachelorette" set in the late 19th Century.

Willow Dupre is a young woman who has a company to run with her father. She loves it, but the board doesn't love that she is a single woman. To appease the board, her parents come up with a plan to have a house party/competition with 30 of the most eligible wealthy bachelors in attendance. Willow must choose one of them to marry or else losing her family business to a ruthless competitor.

There were some fun elements to the story. Willow has to decide who is trying to undermine her business, selling information to the papers, and who actually appreciates her and not her fortune. It is a daunting task, and the gentlemen do not get along.

There were only a few of the gentlemen who play a significant role in the story. It is easy to tell from the beginning who the true competitors were. As a reader, you know that there is an investigation going on that Willow is unaware of. It's hard to cheer on the competitors when you are unsure if the person you are rooting for is worthy of her hand.

Overall this was a fun book to read. I felt that it lagged a bit in the middle, but the pacing picked up and kept me turning the pages.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Mystic Invisible by Ryder Hunte Clancy #giveaway #magic #booktour

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Mystic Invisible
By Ryder Hunte Clancy
Young Adult Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 267 Pages
March 17, 2021 by Winter Goose Publishing

Scotland. Where fantasy, mystery, and folklore abound. A place of untold stories and forgotten paths.

A place where legends run awry.

Fifteen-year-old Monte moves to the mystically jeopardized Highlands of Scotland and discovers that life as a Celtic wizard is anything but easy. Whisperings of abnormal enchantments and vicious cat siths grip the small town he now calls home. Fear is at the helm and the instigator is unknown. An indefinite moratorium on magic is enforced. In a race against darkness, Monte and his friends must choose who to trust before time runs out, even if it means breaking some rules and facing danger head on.

My thoughts:  From the shores of Salem Massachusetts to the rugged Scottish Highlands "Mystic Invisible" is an adventure that is fun to read.

Anyone who is a fan of magical beings that are fighting against evil forces will love this book. It is set as a Middle Grade to YA story that I found intriguing with a lot to offer.

Monte and his family move to Scotland so his parents can investigate new Sith Panthers who are terrorizing the mountains and countryside. Monte is quickly pulled into the happenings because he possesses magical abilities that make him a target. He and his unlikely group of friends work together to put an end to the situation.

I really hope that this is a series because I want to read more! The characters and plot caught my attention and I enjoyed the book. I would say that this book is appropriate for middle grade on up.

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Ryder Hunte Clancy has lived most of her life in the desert but her heart belongs to the sea; her happy place, where brine and mist abound and allusive waves caress expansive stretches of compacted sand. A tried and true stay-at-home mom, she has just as much trouble keeping up with her fictional, teenage characters as she does her three small children. Mystic Invisible is her debut novel, the inspiration of which was gleaned from her husband’s homeland of Scotland, where fantasy, mystery, and folklore are rich and hints of adventure linger around every corner.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Cover Reveal ~ "A Royal Spy" by Heather Frost

 It's cover reveal day for Royal Spy by Heather Frost.  I had the opportunity to read the story before this one and loved it.  Here is a LINK to my review.  It is also available on Kindle Unlimited. Snag a copy and read it before this releases!

A DECOY recruited to be a spy.
A PRINCE compelled to become an assassin.
A SERJAH pressured by an unwanted crown.
A WORLD covered in shadows.

Mere months ago, Clare was just a kitchen maid. Now, she is a decoy for Princess Serene and a novice spy, caught in the royal family's web of secrets. While journeying to Mortise to finalize the princess’s betrothal to Serjah Desfan, Clare lives for the stolen moments she has with Bennick, the bodyguard who is quickly claiming her heart. But when a notorious assassin is hired to kill her, Clare’s life and the alliance hang in the balance.

In Ryden, Grayson prepares to leave for Mortise with his brother, Liam. Their orders are to ignite a war between their enemies, and Grayson has been tasked with assassinating Princess Serene. It may cost his soul, but he is ready to comply, as long as he gets something in return: freedom for Mia, the girl he loves. But the more time he spends with his brother, the more he begins to wonder if Liam is what Grayson wishes he had the courage to be . . . a traitor.

Desfan feels trapped. By his disapproving council, his impending marriage to a stranger, and the imminent arrival of enemy princes who may not want the peace they profess. When a dangerous drug threatens his people, Desfan jumps at the chance to rely on his swords instead of politics. But his investigation uncovers more than he bargained for--a plot that may destroy Mortise from within.

Eyrinthia hovers on the edge of war. Spies. Rebels. Traitors. All must choose a side.

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 About the Author: Heather Frost writes mostly YA fiction and has a soft spot for tortured characters, breath-stealing romance, and happy endings. She is the author of the Seers Trilogy and the upcoming Fate of Eyrinthia series. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and ghost stories and call it homework.

When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and hold Lord of the Rings movie marathons. She owns two typewriters, sings in the car, and dreams of living in a castle someday. She currently lives in a beautiful valley in Utah, surrounded by towering mountains.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

In Harms Way by Traci Hunter Abramson #blogtour #excerpt #giveaway #suspense


In Harm's Way (Guardian, #5)In Harm's Way by Traci Hunter Abramson
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source:  Received to Review
Gener: Romantic Suspense

Book Description:  For years, Troy has lived in the shadows as a Guardian. As part of this secret government taskforce, he has agreed to oversee the team’s base of operations on a remote private island in Maine, replacing fellow agent Ace and his wife, Kristi, for a year. When Troy steps in to hold down the fort, however, he does not anticipate company. So when Kristi’s sister, Jocelyn, appears on the island looking for a getaway, Troy is unnerved by her presence—hiding his top-secret work from the beautiful visitor is a recipe for disaster.

It’s been years since Jocelyn has been able to relax, and the family island is the clear antidote to the chaos of the business world. Expecting solitude, she is taken off guard by the presence of the handsome house sitter living in her sister’s home. Though she and Troy fall into an easy friendship, beneath his calm demeanor, he is an enigma. It’s clear the man who is quickly stealing her heart has a secret, but the truth is beyond Jocelyn’s widest imaginings: Troy is involved in stopping a political coup, and their relationship threatens to place Jocelyn squarely in the crosshairs of a deadly assassin.

My thoughts: Traci Hunter Abramson is a queen of romantic suspense. I have yet to find one of her books that don't suck me right into the storyline. Obviously, this book was no exception.

This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. It may take a minute or two to comprehend the "ghosts" and what they do. I think that all of the books should be read, whether or not in order.  (It does help to know who the couples are and you might get a spoiler or two by not reading them in order.)

Ty (Troy or Ghost) is living on a remote Island in Main when an unexpected house guest drops by. In spite of his best efforts, she doesn't leave.

Jocelyn needs a getaway to clear her head. Visiting her family's Island seems like the perfect escape. It would be if there wasn't a handsome recluse living in her family home.

You can see where this is going. A budding relationship based off of secrets! In many ways, there is humor as they dance around each other fighting a growing relationship. Ty's job as a ghost brings danger to the island, making for some pretty tricky and terrifying moments.

You don't want to miss this installment of the series. It will keep you up at night reading and bring out a desire for more stories!

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Senator Walter Royce didn’t pay attention to the posted menu outside the busy restaurant in Montmartre as he walked through the entrance. He had one purpose for being here, and it had nothing to do with the food.
“Un,” he told the host, holding up one finger to make up for his complete lack of a French accent. On the surface, his trip to Paris was nothing more than a quick family getaway, but in reality, it was a much-needed excuse.
The host said something in French, and Walter shook his head apologetically. “I’m sorry. I don’t understand. Do you have an English menu?”
The younger man nodded and showed him up a half flight of stairs to the dining area. Walter took his seat at a table in the center of the room, and the host handed him a menu.
“Merci.” Once alone, he glanced around the establishment. Through the windows, he could see the tables filled with patrons lining the sidewalk and waiters breezing in and out of the kitchen. In contrast, the indoor dining area was nearly empty. Four locals chatted in French over the remnants of their lunch, and on the far side of the room, an older couple studied their menus.
Walter glanced furtively at each person. Everywhere he looked, he expected to see someone staring at him, someone noticing why he was really here. He had spent the morning with his wife and daughters at the Eiffel Tower, taking the appropriate photos to make sure everyone would see him as the tourist he claimed to be. He had bowed out of their shopping plans, but he doubted he would be able to sneak away again without raising suspicions.
His stomach jumped with nerves, and he struggled to focus on the menu before him. When the waiter arrived to take his order, Walter indicated his choice by pointing.
Out of the corner of his eye, he saw the party of four stand up to leave at the
same time the host approached to seat another guest. Anticipation snaked through him. Was that him? The infamous Gavrie Morozov? A well-known Russian opera- tive, the man was a chameleon. He also had the skills needed to solve Walter’s problems and put him back on track to his destiny.
A moment after the host left, a heavily accented voice carried to him. “Why am I here?”
Walter started to turn around to see the man now seated behind him. “Don’t look at me,” the man commanded. “Just answer the question.”
Walter forced his gaze to stop at the window. Trying to focus on two women seated outside, he willed his heartbeat to slow. “I need help.”
“What kind of help?”
“My former bank notified me that someone was looking into my old account information,” Walter said. “Someone knows I’m working with your people.”
“Who knows?”
“I’m not sure, but I think it’s the guardians.” Walter lowered his voice further. “And I think I know who’s helping them.”
“It sounds like you need someone eliminated.”
Walter’s stomach curled. He had killed a man himself only a few weeks before. The nightmares from that moment still haunted him, and now here he was, negotiating to take another life. When his alliance with the Russians started more than a decade ago, he never anticipated he would be in this position now.
Silence stretched for several seconds before Walter said, “I don’t know if there’s another choice.”
“My associates need something in return.” “What?”
“Access to the detailed budget.”
Walter sucked in a deep breath. The requests from the Russians in the past had been more subtle, but complete access? If they knew where the money was going, they would know everything, including military plans and intelligence objectives. Walter was supposed to be the key to balancing the volatile relationship between the two superpowers, not the gofer giving one a significant leg up on the other. What would the Russians do if he refused? Would they cut off his funding? Or eliminate him in the most final sense of the word?
“Even if I give you access, what good would that do?” Walter asked. “I can’t make changes significant enough to make a difference.”
“You’re on the Senate Intelligence Committee. You have access to information we need.”
The noose around his neck tightened. He didn’t have any other option. “I’ll make it happen.”"
“Good,” the man said, his accent thickening. “While you’re at it, I suggest you propose to trim expenditures in a few places, especially anything that might be providing funding to the guardians.”
“I tried that before.”
“Try again.” The voice was low but firm. “Now, where do I find this problem of yours?”
“In Washington, DC,” Walter said. “You’ll find him on Capitol Hill.” Walter pulled a folded envelope from his back pocket and dropped it to the floor. He looked down as though noticing its presence for the first time, then cleared his voice. “I think you dropped something.”
The other man leaned down and picked it up. “So it seems.”"



About the AuthorTraci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. She is a five-time Whitney Award winner and has written more than twenty-five bestselling novels. Follow Traci on BookBub at shorturl.at/ewDJ5

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