Friday, June 20, 2014


About the book: 

Spitfire Sweetheart by Mary Connealy

Maizy Place is an unruly tomboy. When she causes an accident, injuring neighbor Rylan Carstens, she becomes his unlikely caregiver. Rylan has never noticed how pretty his infuriating neighbor is,  and he never expected to fall in love.

Love Letter to the Editor by Robin Lee Hatcher

Molly Everton is the outspoken daughter of the town newspaper's owner. When her father brings in an outsider to be editor, she tries to drive him out of town. But Jack Ludgrove is not intimidated. He's resolved to change Molly's mind about him---as an editor and as a man.

A Cowboy for Katie by Debra Clopton

Katie Pearl is uninterested in men and love. But she needs help on her ranch and hires Treb Rayburn, a wandering cowboy looking to make a buck. Will Treb change Katie's mind?

Courting Trouble by Margaret Brownley

Grace Davenport is either the unluckiest woman alive---or a killer. When her third husband is found dead, Grace is arrested. Attorney Brock Daniels isn't interested in the case---until he meets Grace. Only a miracle will prove her innocence, but the joining of two lonely hearts may be their saving grace.

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Margaret Brownley is a NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author and has penned more than thirty novels. Her books have won numerous awards and has written for a TV soap opera. @margaretbrownley 

Robin Lee Hatcher is a Christy and RITA award-winning author. She is the author of over seventy novels and her work often appear on bestseller lists. @robinleehatcher 

Mary Connealy is an award-winning author of romantic comedy with cowboys. Mary and her Nebraska rancher husband have four grown daughters and two spectacular grandchildren. @MaryConnealy 

Debra Clopton is an award winning author of sweet, heartfelt, western romance that face life with a smile. With over 2 million books in print, Debra's first book-to-movie aired on ABC Family and starred LeAnn Rimes. @debraclopton

Four best-­selling romance novelists bring tales of feisty heroines, stubborn heroes, and unlikely love in the Wild West in Four Weddings and a Kiss. Don't miss the latest from the Western Brides Collection from Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton.

The authors are celebrating with a "Sweet on Love" iPad Mini Giveaway and rip-roarin' Facebook party.


 One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A Bride for All Seasons and Four Weddings and a Kiss 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 8th. Winner will be announced at the Four Weddings and a Kiss Facebook Author Chat Party. Connect with Western Brides Collection authors Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton for an evening of fun book chat, western-themed trivia, and prizes. The authors will also be answering audience questions and giving an exclusive look at the next book in the collection!

So grab your copy of Four Weddings and a Kiss and join the authors on the evening of July 8th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 8th!

My Thoughts

Four Stories and Four Authors!

First Story "Spitfire Sweetheart" is just what the title says.  Maizy a spitfire tomboy that is her neighbor's burr under his saddle.  Rylan tries hard to keep his distance from her for fear of letting her take up a big space in his heart.  But due to her causing him to be injured she is forced to care for him and his ranch while she is also forced by her father to dress and act like a lady while doing so.  This shoots down any chance of him protecting his heart from her

Mary Connealy writes a fun story with characters I'd love to spend more time with.  I love a story with a head strong woman determined to be herself.  Our Father in Heaven has a plan for us and we should not fight against Him and let His will be done.

Second Story "Love Letter to the Editor".  A woman that is determined to stand on her own cognizance.  She is hoping to become an Editor or Managing Editor.  But to her great surprise her father has hired someone else to be editor of the paper.  Jack Lugrove feels bad in that he was not welcome as editor by Molly yet he will not be detoured from doing his job.  Molly wants to prove herself to her father and  at the same time find some way of ridding the paper and  herself of Jack.

Robin Lee Hatcher has given Molly fortitude  that could be her downfall..  Truth is God and the truth will prevail.  There is romance, intrigue and especially faith and hope in God.  People sometimes take a path they are uncomfortable with not realizing it is God leading us.  Molly was in danger of letting her pride get the best of her.  Great lesson to be learned from this story.

Third Story "A Cowboy for Katie"  Recently Katie's life has been horrific.  She is left alone to rebuild her ranch and her life.  The problem is she refuses the advances of any man fearing all they want is her land.  She is determined to rebuild on her own.  She relents and hires a wandering cowboy. She learns he is the perfect man for the getting the work done without moving into her fragile personal space.  Will Treb realizes there is more to be rebuilt than just the ranch house and barn.  He notices Katie is damaged emotionally which causes her to have night terror along with mistrust of anyone, including him.

Debra Clopton writes a heart-wrenching story about a young woman barely holding on to reality.  the author reveals how God will provide if we ask and believe he will answer, which happened in the form of Will Treb. I fell in love with the sweet patient character of Will Treb.  Be sure you have a box of tissues on hand it is a tear jerk-er.

Fourth Story "Courting Trouble".   This is the perfect title for this story.  Grace Davenport just can't seem to get a break in life.  Grace's young son attempts to hire Brock Daniels, a local attorney that does not really want the job.  But the young boy touched Brock's heart and after he does some investigating on the woman and her charge of murdering her husband he decided he would take the case.

I asked myself, "Could this woman really be guilty or is she being railroaded by some evil force?". In this story Margaret Brownley created the wonderful character, Brock Daniels in that he was so determined and lead by God to help this broken family.  I loved the sweet well mannered young boy he  will pull at your heart strings as he did mine.  It is never too late when lives have been broken for so long to be lifted up and healed of by God.  This story was mysterious, with a growing romance and healing grace.

I highly recommend this collection of four books in one.

I rated this book 5 out of 5

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group/Thomas Nelson for an honest review.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Out of the Ruins | The Golden Gate Chronicles, Book 1, by Karen Barnett

About Book

Abby's shattered faith in both God and man is challenged when the terrible earthquake hits 1906 San Francisco.

While her sister lies on her deathbed, Abby Fischer prays for a miracle. What Abby doesn't expect, however, is for God's answer to come in the form of the handsome Dr. Robert King, whose experimental treatment is risky at best.

As they work together toward a cure, Abby's feelings for Robert become hopelessly entangled. Separated by the tragedy of the mighty San Francisco earthquake, their relationship suddenly takes a back seat to survival. With fires raging throughout the city, Abby fears for her life as she flees alone through burning streets. Where is God now? Will Robert find Abby, even as the world burns around them? Or has their love fallen with the ruins of the city?

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About Author 

Karen Barnett is the author of Mistaken and several articles that have been published by Guideposts and other national magazines. She lives in Albany, Oregon, with her husband, two children, and three cats. 

Karen can be found at: websiteTwitter,FacebookPinterest

Don’t miss the debut book, Out of the Ruins, in Karen Barnett‘s new series, The Golden Gate Chronicles. Set against the backdrop of early 20th century San Francisco, Out of the Ruins will remind readers that no matter who we are or what we’ve done, God is still as close to us as our next breath.
Karen is celebrating with a fun giveaway and Facebook author chat party.

One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 19th. Winner will be announced at the Out of the Ruins Facebook author chat party on June 19th. Connect with Karen for an evening of fun book chat, games, and prizes. Karen will also be answering audience questions and giving an exclusive look at the next book in The Golden Gate Chronicles series!
So grab your copy of Out of the Ruins and join Karen on the evening of June 19th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


My Thoughts
Abby has lost faith in God since a disease quickly consumes her sister. Her dying sister begs Abby to pray for a miracle.  To Abby's amazement it appears God is going to answer her prayer.  There is new research in the field of this disease being assigned to a handsome doctor, Dr. Robert King.  The problem is that her sister may not fit the requirements for this experimental program and moving her to San Francisco could be make things even worse.  

When her sister is approve for the treatment program she is moved to San Francisco. Things become even more complicated when a devastating earthquake hits San Francisco shutting the city  down and throwing everyone into turmoil.

I noticed how Abby was so overwhelmed when she heard about a possible cure for her sister and was determined to charge full steam ahead not listening or considering the downside of the the treatment and the move.  Love sometimes blinds and causes people to make rash decisions.  This  story was fast read for me since I did not want to put the book down.  I very much liked the historical side of the medical research and then the historical facts of the earthquake.  

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicty Group/ Abingdon Press for an honest review.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

FOREVER AMISH from Kate Lloyd! Enter to win a Kindle and an Amish-made prize pack!

About Book

The latest book in the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy, Forever Amish introduces us to a young woman about to uncover a shocking secret and find an invitation to a new way of living. This is a story of forgiveness, legacies, and the ties that bind through generations.

It’s the Last Thing She Expects to Find
Sally Bingham needs some time away to sort through the changes in her life and to rethink her upcoming marriage. Despite her ailing father’s hesitations, she takes off for a bed and breakfast in Lancaster County for a weekend away. But her best-laid plans leave her in a near collision with a bishop’s buggy and in the home of a mysterious Amish woman named Lizzie. Lizzie introduces her to a different perspective on life, a charming farmhand named Armin— and opens a Pandora’s box that will forever change Sally’s life.


Author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her novels. She is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest. Kate studied painting and sculpture in college. She’s worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur.
Find out more about Kate at

Landing page:

The latest book in Kate Lloyd's Legacy of Lancaster trilogy, Forever Amish, introduces us to a young woman about to uncover a shocking secret and find an invitation to a new way of living. This is a story of forgiveness, legacies, and the ties that bind through generations.

Kate is celebrating by giving away an Amish-made prize pack!

  One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • A Qillow (A pillow with a lovely surprise inside! It opens to a 40” X 60” quilt ideal for traveling, sports events, and home.)
  •  A Center Diamond wall hanging (Hand-stitched by Old Order Amish quilter Emma Stoltzfus of E.S. Quilts in Lancaster, PA. It measures 42” x 42” and is a traditional Old Order Amish design.)
  • Darling Amish-made faceless dolls (Hand-crafted in Lancaster County, PA. Each measures 12 inches and is individually named. Meet Martha and Henry!)
  • Forever Amish and the rest of the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy by Kate Lloyd
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 29th. Winner will be announced at Kate's blog on July 1st.

Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning and be sure to stop by Kate's blog on July 1st to see if you won!

My Thoughts

Sally Bingham has always been interested in the Amish and has recently been corresponding online with an Amish girl, Lilly Zook. So without informing her father or fiance Sally decided to to visit Lilly's Amish community and stay at the local Bed and Breakfast.  When she arrives she is unable to stay at the Bed & Breakfast and is invited to stay with a local Amish family.  This leads to a chain of events Sally had not expected.  For some reason she feels right at home with the Zook family and their community.  She even helps out or shall we say is working  at a local business. 

An Amish man, Armin works for the Zook family and lives on their property.  He has family he could live with but is more comfortable working and staying on the Zook.s property.  He finds himself attracted to the new boarder and decides to ask her on a date of sorts.

I founds myself drawn into the mystery and romance of this story.  I have enjoyed reading this series and this new addition did not disappoint me.  Their is so much I would like to tell you about the book but then the element of surprise would be lost.  I felt the desperate need of Sally to not only find her roll in life but to also grow in her relationship with God.  Then there is Armin trying to find his place within his own family and community.  

The author gives God the biggest roll in this book as he leads the characters on the path he has planned for each and every one of them.  

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group/David C. Cook/Netgalley for an  honest review.

Monday, June 16, 2014

New Blood at COTT!

Clash of the Titles is excited to announcethat we're adding a brand newstaff member to our leadership board. :-)

Everybody…we’d like to introduce you to Joanna DavidsonPolitano!

Welcome, Joanna!

With a journalism degree from Trinity International University, Joannaserved as a medical writer in the pharmaceutical industry before branchinginto freelance work. She then accepted a writing and editing position witha Christian publishing company in Chicago, and currently serves as theeditor for their Junior High Sunday school publication. She lives with herdaughter and husband in Indiana, where she writes novels based on truestories.

Joanna is a current Double Genesis Semi-Finalist in the Historicalcategory! Asked about her writing journey, this is what Joanna had tosay:

"I’ve been writing since I could read, but I can pinpoint the exact momentI began novel writing. It was when my grandma shocked me with the story ofour family’s past. How could this have happened in our traditional,predictable, church-going family? At the time, I worked for apharmaceutical company writing package insert material, but this familystory drew me to my computer every night for a year, rattling around in myhead until I’d written out the whole novel. I simply couldn’t stop thinkingabout it. I eventually moved to a job at a Christian nonfiction publisher,but I still spent hours absorbing the stories of the shut-in elderly, ornursing home residents who had lived through eras in our history I couldonly read about in books.

Fascinated by World War II love stories, family secrets, and amazingstories of God’s sovereignty, I kept returning for more. But I was not justinterested in finding book ideas. Honestly, what drove me to write thesenovels was more than a simple love for story—it was a tenderness I felt forpeople overlooked by everyone else. These fascinating stories came fromnursing home residents who had no visitors, or people confined to theirhome by age or illness. They’d been brushed aside by everyone—even thefamilies they’d raised.

After introductions and polite small talk, I delved into the question thattransformed these visits into unforgettable experiences—“what’s yourstory?” Their faces lit as they told me stories so rich in detail andreal-life experiences it beat out any movie or book.

So yes, I write novels. But really, I hear people’s stories and then writethem down to be remembered long after the story teller is gone. When Godcalled me into this life of novel writing, He didn’t promise publication orto impact thousands with the words I wrote. He simply wanted me to see theforgotten people He loved, and to appreciate their lives."

Doesn’t that make you want to know their stories too? Joanna also talkedto us about her sweet family and what’s going on in her writing lifecurrently:

"My husband has been my biggest supporter in the whole process. Mainlybecause he’s blunt enough to tell me exactly what’s great and what’s not,and because he pushes me to finish what I start. We currently live in ourhouse in the woods with our new baby daughter Elena and will be celebratingour two-year anniversary next month. I have no doubt he’s a blessing fromGod.

I’m currently working on a novel about a finishing school teacher whoteaches her students about men rather than elocution. When she realizes herstudents are headed for the controlling, male-dominated marriages thatcharacterized the times, Orla sets out to teach these girls the truth abouthow to understand men and how they think. Armed with knowledge, they have achance at choosing the right man—although not always the wealthiest, as theschool boasts—and surviving marriage happily as part of an equal team. Butthis local expert on men is hiding her own complicated, broken love life tokeep her job.

I can’t wait to dive into COTT. With all the contests out there, I love theuniqueness of having readers judge the work. After all, they’re our realaudience! I hope to help further the mission statement of glorifying Godand to make COTT even more helpful to those who love Christian fiction—boththe readers and the writers."

We are so blessed and excited to have you on board, Joanna!

You can leave a message welcoming Joanna in the comments below. And feel free to check out her website at ;

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Hatmaker's Heart by Carla Stewart ~ Blog Tour

About the book: 

For Nell Marchwold, bliss is seeing the transformation when someone gets a glimpse in the mirror while wearing one of her creations and feels beautiful. Nell has always strived to create hats that bring out a woman's best qualities. She knows she's fortunate to have landed a job as an apprentice designer at the prominent Oscar Fields Millinery in New York City. Yet when Nell's fresh designs begin to catch on, her boss holds her back from the limelight, claiming the stammer she's had since childhood reflects poorly on her and his salon.

But it seems Nell's gift won't be hidden by Oscar's efforts. Soon an up-and-coming fashion designer is seeking her out as a partner of his 1922 collection. The publicity leads to an opportunity for Nell to make hats in London for a royal wedding. There, she sees her childhood friend, Quentin, and an unexpected spark kindles between them. But thanks to her success, Oscar is determined to keep her. As her heart tugs in two directions, Nell must decide what she is willing to sacrifice for her dream, and what her dream truly is.

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About the author: 

Carla Stewart is the award-winning author of four novels. With a passion for times gone by, it is her desire to take readers back to that warm, familiar place in their hearts called "home." She and her husband live in Tulsa and have four adult sons and six grandchildren (with one on the way!). 

Carla can be found at: websiteFacebookTwitterPinterest,Goodreads

Jazzy Hatmaker’s Heart Giveaway!

The contest runs until June 14,  2014

My Thoughts

Nell Marchwold was interested to learn the art of hatmaking.  She watched and learned as one of her grandmother's employees created hats for friends and family.  

When Nell's father unexpectedly passed away she watched her mother struggle to make a living to support their family.  Nell decided she was going to become a famous hatmaker.  She was very talented and many overlooked her stuttering speech and took notice of her talent, especially Oscar Fields, of Oscar Fields Millinery in New York City.   He offered her an apprenticeship in his prominent place of business where the wealthy frequented for quality handmade hats for men and women.  

She has big dreams of becoming a famous designer with her own label.  But her boss is a little old fashion and was slow to approve her new designs.  He feared customers would be offended by her speech impediment. The changing times of the roaring twenties had changed his mind as customers became intrigued by Nell's modern designs.

When Nell takes a trip for her job close to her hometown it gave her opportunities she never dreamed possible.  She started to question herself and her love for the young man she has loved since childhood. This reunion left her contemplating whether she should seek love and family life or rather stick with her dream to become a famous hat designer?

I found this to be a most intriguing story.  The author reveals the struggle of one woman looking for women's rights not only in the workplace but to vote and having a say in future. No matter if a woman is married raising a family and/or seeking a career this era was a time for many changes.   Women no longer wanted to sit quietly in the background.  

I read this book in one night.  It was a real page turner.  It made me think of stories my grandmother shared with me.  My grandmother was also a widow with a small daughter and had no one to help like in this book.   She moved to Houston and made a good life for her and my mother. The life she had before she was a widow was not a good life as women did not have many rights.   We must remember the sacrifices and movements women made to give us the life and rights we now take for granted.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Quilts of Love | A STITCH AND A PRAYER – Kindle HDX Giveaway & “Quilting Bee” Facebook Party!

About the book: 

A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.

After her fiancé returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage---even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life.

But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will's spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby's birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will's promise to return to her. Will her labor of love-and faith in God---sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author: 

Eva Gibson is the author of twenty books, including The Gift of Forgiveness and The Three Marys. She currently teaches "writing your life story" classes for Portland Community College and is an active member of Oregon Christian Writers. She has lived most of her life on the family farm in Wilsonville, Oregon, which is the setting for A Stitch and a Prayer.

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Stitch and a Prayer, by Eva Gibson. A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.

Celebrate May's release by entering to win a Kindle HDX and RSVP for the Quilts of Love "Quilting Bee" Facebook party with the Quilts of Love authors.


One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga
  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson
  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 17th. Winner will be announced at the "Quilting Bee" Facebook party with Emily Wierenga, Loree Lough, and Tara Randel. RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!

RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning.

My Thoughts

Florence Harms eagerly awaits the return of her fiance.  Her health is unbearable at times but she wanted so to be well enough to marry Will when he returned to her from the Klondike.  Will had hoped to surprise her with a cabin as her wedding gift.  They loved each other dearly and looked forward to a long life together.

Just as she seems to be healing a stranger enters their life causing Will to leave her yet once again.  She thought she was over her illness when she has a relapse.  Family and friends feared for her life.  Will must return so her broken heart heals which will no doubt give her more strength to get well.  With so many praying for her and she praying for Will's return she puts her faith in God to bring Will home.

At first I found the story hard to follow. It had the feel that there was a book prior to this one. If there had been another book I would have liked read it first. Other than that I enjoyed the story.  

Life was really tough back then for a healthy person let alone someone with an illness that keeps recurring. Her Aunt in this story took on a heavy burden in caring for her niece.  Her Aunt did this without complaint and with loving care.  I found it difficult to like her fiance and his pattern for disappearing.  

I recommend this book.

I rated this book a 4 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review.

Monday, June 2, 2014

COTT's April New Releases Clash

Summer's on the way. We have five great books to add to your beach bags. To take readers back in time, there's a historical novel set in ancient Rome. Or relax with a southern romance with mystery and suspense. Then check out a medical suspense, a contemporary novel and contemporary romance--all fantastic stories. Let us know by voting below which of these you'll put on the top of your list.

Thanks to all of our contributors!

Betrayal made him a slave, and love made him a gladiator. Faith would give him the courage to rescue an empire.

A frightened runaway with a checkered past co-inherits her grandfather's farm with the man responsible for the scars on her heart. Can Chance and Dakota lay aside old hurts and grudges to build...A BRIDGE UNBROKEN?

A celebratory dinner party becomes a nightmare for The nightmare begins for Dr. Shannon Frasier when a man is shot dead on her lawn, reviving emotions from a similar incident a decade ago. The rough voice on the phone asks, "What did he say before he died?" and won't give up until Shannon tells him--even if she doesn't know.

Pam's divorce broke her heart, the cruelty of her ex husband broke her spirit, a bottle of skeeping pills almost took her life. Now, with Alan's return to Garfiekd, OK, Pam must learn that buied secrets and carfully cultivated indifference do not equal forgiveness.

Nobody cares about Ivy Clark's broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on, even move to Greenbriar, South Carolina to model wedding dresses for her stepmother. Here Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer, sees through the facade and challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth.

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