Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

Another week has come to an end, so let’s get on to the posts from the past week.

Mars . . . With Venus Rising by Hope Toler Dougherty

Octavia E. Butler-Quote Of The Week

His To Love by Stacey Lynn

The Bluebonnet Bride by Pamela Tracy

It has been another super crazy week for me so once again all I have time to do is list the posts, and I have more book reviews that will go live next week so be on the lookout for that.  I also am going to try and write a small MS update in the next couple of weeks because I have been having weird things going on lately.  I hope you have had a good week and have a great weekend!

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The Bluebonnet Bride by Pamela Tracy

 

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Serenade Books in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

The Bluebonnet Bride by Pamela Tracy was a super sweet short story. So far I have enjoyed every book I have gotten to review from Serenade Books, and this book was another great one. I think these characters might be my favorite because they seemed the most relatable to me. I loved that this was a shorter book, but I also wish that it had been longer because I enjoyed this characters and I would have loved to get to spend more time with them. I loved this author writing, and I hope that she writes more books because I would like to read more by her. If you love romance novels then I would for sure, recommend this book to you.

The Bluebonnet Bride by Pamela Tracy

About The Book

USA TODAY bestselling author Pamela Tracy introduces the Lone Star Brides series with a charming story of unexpected love…

Amy has never had a home. Will she find one in the arms of a cowboy?

This is Daniel Starr’s year. He’s moving up the rankings on the bull-riding circuit and is determined to catch his twin brother. Nothing is going to stop him. Well, almost nothing. When his beloved grandmother falls and needs a caretaker, Daniel finds himself on the road back to Pecan, Texas, rather than making the next rodeo. Why did this happen now? And why, when he’s jeopardizing his career to come home, does Miss Bossypants Amy Benjamin think he’s not doing enough?

Amy knows all about the swashbuckling Starr Brothers, but anyone who turns his back on her beloved Pecan–and on his own grandmother–doesn’t deserve admiration. If Amy had been lucky enough to have family like Grandma Starr, her life would have been so different! Well, she’s going to make sure Daniel does his duty. But the longer he stays in Pecan, the harder it’ll be to see him go…

Don’t miss books 2 & 3 in the Lone Star Brides series:
The Bull Rider’s Bride (May 2016)
The Butterfly Bride (June 2016)

Pamela Tracy

About The Author

Pamela Tracy is a USA Today award-winning author who lives with her husband (He claims to be the inspiration for most of her heroes) and son (He claims to be the interference for most of her writing time.) She was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and started writing at a very young age (a series of romances, all with David Cassidy as the hero. Sometimes Bobby Sherman would interfere). Then, while earning a BA in Journalism at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, she picked up the pen again only this time, it was an electric typewriter on which she wrote a very bad science fiction novel.)
First published in 1999 , Pamela has since published more than twenty books. Her suspense novels have garnered her an American Christian Fiction Writer’s Carol award and a RITA finalist. You can find out more about Pamela by visiting her website:http://pamelatracy.com

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His To Love by Stacey Lynn

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

His To Love by Stacey Lynn wasn’t my favorite book that I have read lately. I had a hard time getting into the story, and I am not sure why. I had a hard time trying to connect with the characters, and while I was reading it, I found myself looking ahead at what books I have coming up.   I did enjoy the author’s style of writing, and I am interested in checking out other books by her because I think this book just wasn’t the right fit for me. I am sure that if you love romance novels, then this book will be something you will love it just wasn’t the right fit for me.

His To Love by Stacey Lynn

About The Book

In the explosive debut of Stacey Lynn’s irresistible Fireside series, a pair of estranged lovers are reunited by dangerous loyalties—and intoxicating desire.

Tyson Blackwell never saw it coming when his Mafia princess girlfriend dumped him and disappeared at the age of eighteen. He never forgot her, either, even after what happened next: the killing of his father, a Detroit PD officer, at the hands of one ofher father’s men. Tyson swore revenge, and now, ten years later, the kid who dreamed of a pro football career is a hard-nosed FBI agent, back in town to take down the Galecki crime family once and for all. But Tyson’s mission gets complicated fast—because going undercover means seducing the only woman he’s ever loved.

Gabriella “Blue” Galecki has been in hiding for a decade. She finally comes home to spend time with her terminally ill mother, only to receive a blast from the past when she runs into Tyson. His brooding eyes and electrifying touch still send chills down her spine. But as heir to the family empire, Blue has been promised to another. Caught in a web of deception, she is tempted to pull the trigger on the boldest risk she’s ever taken: trusting Tyson with her life, her body, and her heart.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Stacey Lynn

About The Author

Stacey Lynn lives in the midwest with her husband and four young children. She can usually be found lost inside her own head, trying to bring her characters to life. When she’s engaged in the real world, she’s spending time with her family, drinking large amounts of coffee, and eating Skittles by the handful.

For more information about Stacey Lynn and her upcoming books visit:

www.staceylynnbooks.com
Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/staceylynnbooks
Twitter:@staceylynnbooks

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Octavia E. Butler-Quote Of The Week

Quote Of The Week

This week’s quote is by Octavia E. Butler.

Octavia E. Butler

What do you think of this week’s quote by Octavia E. Butler?

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

Another week is over which means it is time to list all of the posts for this past week in case you missed any of them.

Dark Money by Larry D. Thompson

The Inheritance by Michael Phillips

The Berlin Package by Peter Riva

William Penn-Quote Of The Week

Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

Top 6 Places I Would Move Too-Writers Workshop

Between reading and my day job I have run out of time to get this post written and up so it is going to be a short one and I hope to see you back her next week.

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Mars . . . With Venus Rising by Hope Toler Dougherty

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Mars . . . With Venus Rising by Hope Toler Dougherty was a super sweet story. I found that this story was pretty predictable, but I still loved the book. I fell in love with Penn right from the start, and I had to keep reading because I wanted to know how it all worked out for her throughout the book. I also loved how John got Penn to do things that she was scared to do and how he showed her that she could do all of them. I loved how patient he was with her and how he treated her throughout the book. Like I said I knew what was going to happen but I still enjoyed this book, and it is one that I will keep in my personal collection of books. If you are looking for a sweet romance novel to read this spring or summer, I think you will love this book as much as I did.

Mars . . . With Venus Rising by Hope Toler Dougherty

About The Book

A meddling horse, paper bag floors and a flying saucer on the town square. The little town of Mars has it all–including a brand new resident who might spell heartache for one of its own.

Twenty-something Penn Davenport yearns for an exciting life in the big city and wants to shed the label of orphan that she’s worn for years. To achieve that dream, she must pass the CPA exam then move away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash.

When John Townsend—full of life and the joy of living—moves to town, he rattles Penn’s view of herself, her life, and her dreams…which isn’t such a bad thing until she falls for him and discovers he’s a pilot.

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About The Author

Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University as well as York Technical College. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, she lives with her husband, Kevin, in North Carolina and chats with their two daughters and twin sons through ooVoo.

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Top 6 Places I Would Move Too-Writers Workshop

Top 6 Places I Would Move Too

This week I am going to write about number three which is: top 6 places I would move too if I could.  I chose this one because I have always hoped that I could move out of Utah and go somewhere else in the country.  Some of these are super precise and others I would be happy to live anywhere in the state.

1- San Diego-I have this one on here because it has pretty constant weather, and since I have Multiple Sclerosis it would be nice to be able to plan for what the weather will do from day to day.  In Utah, it is always just a guess and most days everyone is wrong.

2- Hawaii-Who wouldn’t want to live in paradise because it sounds just about perfect for me.

3- Michigan-My Grandma is from Michigan, and she and I went to visit her family, and I fell in love with the state, and it would love to move there and stay forever.

4- Florida-This one is just because of the warm weather but I know that most of the time I would hate living there because of how hot it does get, but I think in the long run I would like it more than here.

5- Chicago-I included this one because when I was in high school, I wanted to move to a huge city and work in the E.R. because I wanted to be a life flight nurse.

6- Colorado-I chose this one because it is super similar to where I grew up so I think I would like it there in the long run but I know I would hate the snow just as much as I do here.

Those are my top 6 places where would you move if you could?  I am sure once I post this I will think of other locations that I would love to move too.

All of the prompts for this week:

1. A moment you realized you were a grown up.
2. Write about something that brought you joy today.
3. You have to move away from your state in one month. List 6 destinations you wouldn’t mind relocating to.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Blossom.
5. Instagram fun! Share a photo you took with Instagram this week and tell us what you love about it.

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Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Sister Dear by Laura McNeill was a book I wasn’t sure if I was going to like but I am glad that I had to review it because in the end I loved the book. This book was a slow start for me but like I said after I was a few chapters in I ended up loving the book. I enjoyed the characters and the setting, but there still were times when I was totally bored and had to walk away. I always have so many books going at once that I just pick up another one and keep reading, so it doesn’t stop me, but I am sure it would bug some people. If you are looking for a fast paced book I don’t think you would enjoy this book. As I have said in the end, I enjoyed the book in the end, but it is one that I will be passing on to someone else who will love it.

Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

About The Book

Sister Dear (Thomas Nelson, April 2016)

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?

Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish — time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.

But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.

As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

Laura McNeill

About The Author

Laura McNeill is a writer, web geek, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a graduate program in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. When she’s not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family.

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William Penn-Quote Of The Week

Quote Of The Week

This week’s quote is by William Penn.

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I agreed with this quote because people who are popular always seem to have more problems and issues because people always want what they have.  I have always been okay to be ignored because I know that people will forget I am around and leave me alone.  I never what to be popular and have lots of friends because I hate all the drama that comes with it all.

What do you think of this week’s quote by William Penn?

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The Berlin Package by Peter Riva

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FTC: I received a free copy of this book from iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

The Berlin Package by Peter Riva was another great book by this author. I read the first book in this series, and if you missed the review of that book, you could click here to check it out. You don’t have to read the first book to understand what is going on in this book, but if you want to read both books, I would recommend that you read them in order because this book will ruin what happens in the first book if you read it first. I had high hopes for this book, and it was a good book, but I enjoyed the first book more than I did this one. I am not one hundred percent sure why I enjoyed the first book more, but I did like it more than this one. I also hope that he does write more in this series because I love the characters, and I would be sad if this were the last book with them. This book takes place in Berlin, which I enjoyed. I also loved that Mbuno is in this story as well because he was one of my favorite characters from the first book. If you love thrillers, I know you will love this book.

The Berlin Package by Peter Riva

About The Book

Film producer Pero Baltazar thought he was taking a Berlin filming assignment. He needed the work, needed to get back in the saddle after fighting off a life-threatening experience in East Africa—alShabaab had attacked his crew, intent on a much larger terrorist attack. Suddenly he finds himself under orders from his part-time employers at the State Department and the CIA when he is handed a mysterious package. It’s an assignment he doesn’t want. The problem is, it’s a job contracted by mysterious patrons who are prepared to kill him if he doesn’t deliver.

Pero—now in far too deep—turns to friends, old and new, to help him unravel the mystery of the package, uncover connections to Nazi concentration camp gold recently sold by the US Treasury, and thwart the ex–Stasi chief, now head of a powerful banking group.

In this fast-paced sequel to Murder on Safari, Pero calls on Mbuno, his friend and East African safari guide, to anticipate the moves of his enemies as if they were animals—dangerous vermin—who have kidnapped both the film star and director. Mbuno’s tracking skills may keep them from getting killed—provided Pero can rope in more help and keep the CIA at bay.

Exhilarating and expertly crafted, The Berlin Package (Yucca Publishing; April 2016) is a gripping, page-turning thriller set in post–German reunification Europe.

Peter Riva

About The Author

Peter Riva has spent many months over 30 years travelling throughout Africa and Europe. Much of this time was spent with the legendary guides for East African hunters and adventurers. He created a TV series in 1995 called Wild Things for Paramount. Passing on the fables, true tales, and insider knowledge of these last reserves of true wildlife is his passion. Nonetheless, his job for over forty years has been working as a literary agent. In his spare time, Riva writes science fiction and African adventure books. He lives in Gila, New Mexico.

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