Thursday, May 14, 2015

Betting on Hope, Four of Hearts Ranch #1 by Debra Clopton 



About Book

A bet gone wrong. A small town's meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it’s beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie’s bosses know this is the opportunity she's been looking for to launch her career—and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.

Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he’d like, but he knows it's the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru’s fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do—for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.



About Author

Debra Clopton is an award winning, multi-published novelist. She sold her first book in 2003 and it was published in 2005 THE TROUBLE WITH LACY BROWN was the first book of the fun loving Mule Hollow series~the place readers tell her they wish was real..

Debra is proud of the success of her books and gives all the glory to God.

Debra believes her greatest award is first, God’s grace in her life and His gift of salvation. And second, her family and spending time with them. She counts every moment as a gift. Time is so precious…

Married for 22 blessed years to her high school sweetheart, Wayne Clopton, Debra was widowed in 2003. God’s arms never let go of her or her two sons, Chase and Kris, during those dark months after Wayne’s death. Her first book sold 7 months after Wayne’s death and her mission became showing the love she’d known  in her life, through her characters and shining a light into reader’s darkest hours with love and laughter of her books.

Happily, in 2008, God led a couple of friends to play matchmaker and talk her into a blind date with Chuck Parks—who they also talked into a blind date…sounds like a page out of one of her Mule Hollow books! Instantly hitting it off, Debra and Chuck were married in 2010 and are so thankful that God led them to each other. Debra now has more love to share in her books!                      

Her sons, her lovely daughter-in-law and beautiful granddaughter have recently moved across country—it’s been a bit of a shock for her to adjust to not having them close. She feels blessed to have a career that enables her to visit them often and her motto is —have computer, will travel!

Along with her writing Debra helps her husband teach the youth at the Cowboy Church of Leon County. When she isn’t writing Debra loves to read, travel and spend time with her family. She is currently working on her 23 book for Love Inspired and also her new Four of Hearts Ranch Series for Thomas Nelson. Book 1 BETTING ON A COWBOY went on sale Feb 17, 2015 and book 2 COUNTING ON A COWBOY is ready for preorder and going on sale August 2015.

She is also working on new Mule Hollow books set on the New Horizon ranch. Her Mule Hollow Cowboy is book 1 on sale now and book 2 Rafe releases March 16. Debra has a busy 2015 full of exciting new books!

Her writing is moving and masterful…each character comes alive through her words~RT Magazine on BETTING ON HOPE

Visit her website: http://debraclopton.com/about-debra/


My Thoughts

After watching the news last night I decided to start reading BETTING ON HOPE intending to read just a little while. I was still reading when the sun came up. The words were blurry and I couldn't keep my eyes open which really upset me because I had gotten 91% of the book read. Hate it when that happens!

Finished reading it this morning.

Tru Monahan is not only a true cowboy he is truly a gentleman. He had so much patience with Maggie and her insecurities.  She had every right to not trust men. But Tru Monohan was a different breed than the men she had known in her past.

She made a bet with Tru and he was determined to win that bet.

Tru has a loving close knit family, where as Maggie's family is sadly the opposite.

If you are wondering, yes, it is an amazing read! I highly recommend this book And I am ready for book two in this series.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley/Thomas Nelson for an honest review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Revealing (Inn at Eagle Hill #3) by Suzanne Woods Fisher



About

Love does extraordinary things to people . . . 

In a single, impulsive act, Naomi King chooses to follow her heart into unfamiliar territory, jeopardizing all that she holds dear. If anyone finds out what she's up to, she's in for trouble. But when it comes to Tobe Schrock, Naomi believes it's worth it. But it all comes crashing down when a young woman arrives at the Inn at Eagle Hill with an unexpected delivery for Tobe. Add a guest at the inn with a curious talent and a genealogist who is more interested in modern-day Schrocks than in old family trees, and evidence starts to mount that points to something sinister at work. Or someone. In this riveting conclusion to The Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and romance.

About Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Suchmagazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

My Thoughts

I have enjoyed this series so much so the characters have a special spot in my heart. The author wraps all of the characters in one nice package THE REVEALING. The unsolved was solved but not without much heartache. Love lives in their hearts while many of the character have new beginnings. God directed them and they hesitantly followed. Talking and praying to God giving Him control was the only way. He will Reveal the way as He does in this series.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:I received a free copy of this book from Revell/Netgalley for an honest review.


Yankee in Atlanta,Heroines Behind the Lines #3, by Jocelyn Green


About Book


When soldier Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta after being wounded in battle, the Georgian doctor who treated her believed Caitlin's only secret was that she had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta.

Trained as a teacher, she accepts a job as a governess to the daughter of Noah Becker, a German immigrant lawyer, who is about to enlist with the Rebel army. Then in the spring of 1864, Sherman's troops edge closer to Atlanta. Caitlin tries to escape north with the girl, but is arrested on charges of being a spy. Will honor dictate that Caitlin follow the rules, or love demand that she breaki  them?

For more information on this series, visit www.HeroinesBehindtheLines.com.


About Author

Award-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration.

Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.

She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

 Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.


My Thoughts

I read this book back in September and just now getting around to writing a well earned five star review.

I found book three to be as intriguing as the first two books in this series.

Women like Caitlin McKae took on roles they never expected to have to take on especially with no men to direct them in this mans world.  Most of the women were treated as if they were fragile, that is before their men set off to fight in the Civil War. So much to deal with on such fragile shoulders. Women like Caitlin turned out to be a very strong force on their homefronts and frontlines during the war as they tried to preserve what they had left, not just themselves but for their children and also in hopes of having a home for their sons and husbands to return home to.

We learned much about the roles men held in wartime and finally we are learning about the roles women took on during these times in our history. Women can be heroes too!

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:

I received a free copy of this book from MP Newsroom and Netgalley for an honest review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.   This review is my honest opinion.

Friday, January 2, 2015

I Am Back!

For those of you who may have wonder why I have not been posting I do have a excuse.

On October 12th, 2014 my darling husband John left me to be with Christ Our Lord.

I want to thank all my family, friends and facebook friends for helping me get through the past couple of years. This was a difficult time for me and John. It was hard on him knowing any day could be his last. He knew he was ready and said his only sadness was he would miss out on so much with us and all our kids and grandkids and family and friends.

For those who really knew John/Johnny/Dad/Pawpaw what is it you will really miss about him. Add a photo of yourself with your comment if you can.



I could not think clearly for the past few months but now I must enter this new year of 2015 with a renewed spirit and am looking forward to what the Good Lord has in store for me.

2015!!!!

I hope to be posting some reviews this next week so keep an eye out for some goods reads.

Check out my Goodreads to read list and let me know what you would like me to consider reading and doing a review on my blog.  Male sure I own the book. It shows if I own to the far right.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5314062-patricia-kemp-blackmon?order=d&shelf=to-read&sort=date_added