Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection" Book Review


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The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection

by Cynthia Hickey, Gina Welborn, Jennifer Atlee, Angela Breidenbach, Darlene Franklin, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Amber Stockton, Niki Turner, Becca Whitham

Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man?

MY REVIEW:  Blue ribbons are a coveted prize at county fairs.  I remember competing myself with many exhibits in our Five-County Fair.  I entered a sweetheart cake, many clothing items I had sewn, and I modeled an outfit that I had sewn.  I did win several blue ribbons as well as some white and green ribbons.  Our fair also awarded money for each prize, a delightful gift for one who did not have much if any spending money.   The nine women are eager and excited participants in the fair.  
        I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend the novella collection written by nine talented authors.
        I received a copy of this book from netgalley and  Barbour Books.   I was not given any monetary compensation for my review.   

About the Authors:
Jennifer AlLee
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in Hollywood, CA, The United States 
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Jennifer AlLee was born in Hollywood, California, and spent the first 10 years of her life living over a mortuary one block away from Hollywood and Vine. An avid reader and writer, she completed her first novel in high school. That manuscript is now safely tucked away, never to see the light of day again.

She has worked in numerous fields, including as a church secretary and as an administrative assistant at a cable company, but wherever she works, writing always becomes part of the job description.

Her first novel was published in 2007. Since then, she's published 11 novels and quite a few novellas with five different publishing houses. While she's thrilled to be living her dream as author, Jennifer considers raising her amazing son to be her biggest creative achievement.

She lives in southern Nevada with her husband, Nic, who is a hunky Englishman and the best cabbie in Las Vegas.
 

Angela Breidenbach

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Angela Breidenbach is the host of Lit Up! on Toginet.com. She's a Montana author of romance through the ages in historical and contemporary fiction. Other works by Angela include Gems of Wisdom: The treasure of experience, compilation books and devotionals from David C. Cook (The Quiet Hour), Guidepost, Group, and articles in magazines, e-zines, greeting cards, and newspapers. She's the Christian Authors Network president. Don't miss the hijinks of Muse, the famous fe-lion, as he sasses Writer on Angie's blog, A-Muse-ings, and on Facebook.
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Darlene Franklin

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Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin lives in cowboy country—Oklahoma and loves writing about the American West. Oklahoma also has the benefit of being the home to her son, his wife, and their four beautiful children. Darlene loves music, needlework, reading and reality tv. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person. Darlene is the author of seventeen contracted books and novellas, as well as several hundred short pieces. Two of her books have finaled in ACFW’s Book of the Year (now the Carol award) contest: her novella, Dressed in Scarlet, and her cozy mystery, A String of Murders.

Cynthia Hickey
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Website at www.cynthiahickey.com
Also www.forgetmenotromances.com

Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s ebooks for their genre. She had several historical romances release through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold close to a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. You can find her on FB, twitter, and Goodreads, and is a contributor to Cozy Mystery Magazine blog and Suspense Sisters blog. She and her husband run the small press, Forget Me Not Romances, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, two cats, three box turtles, and two Sulcata tortoises. She has eight grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. 

Carrie Fancett Pagels

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in Newberry, Michigan, The United States 
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Carrie Fancett Pagels is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

Amber Stockton

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Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood, when she was accused of talking entirely too much and possessing an active imagination. Today, she has honed those skills to become an award-winning author and speaker who also works in the health/wellness industry sharing life-changing products and inspiration with everyone she meets.

She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and a vivacious flat-coat retriever mix named Roxie.

Amber has sold over 20 books so far with more on the horizon. Other writing credits include over 100 articles for various publications, five short stories with Romancing the Christian Heart, and nine contributions to the book, 101 Ways to Romance Your Marriage.

As a born-again Christian since the age of seven, her faith in Christ has often sustained her through difficult experiences. She seeks to share that with others through her writing.

Niki Turner

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Niki Turner is a novelist, journalist, and blogger. She also blogs at www.nikiturner.net
and is a co-blogger at www.inkwellinspirations.com. Niki is the Colorado Area Coordinator for American president of the ACFW-CO Western Slope chapter. She currently has eight published novellas.

Gina Welborn
Gina Welborn

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Gina Welborn worked in news radio writing copy until she had the epiphany that the news of the day was rather depressing, so she took up writing romances because they always end happily. Gina is a 2009 ACFW GENESIS historical romance finalist and a 2007 RWA GOLDEN HEART® inspirational finalist. As a member of RWA and ACFW, she is an active contest judge and coordinator. Her manuscripts have also finaled in the Daphne du Maurier, Duel on the Delta, Dixie, and Maggie contests. Oklahoma-girl Gina now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her youth-pastor husband and their five Okie-Hokie children. Gina is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency. Her debut novella, "Sugarplum Hearts," part of the HIGHLAND CROSSINGS, is a February 2012 Barbour Publishing release. Her second novella, "All Ye Faithful," releases this fall as part of A CASCADES CHRISTMAS. http://ginawelborn.blogspot.com/ 

Becca Whitham

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Becca Whitham (WIT-um) is a multi-published author who has always loved reading and writing stories. After raising two children, she and her husband faced the empty nest years by following their dreams: he joined the army as a chaplain, and she began her journey toward publication. Becca loves to tell stories marrying real historical events with modern-day applications to inspire readers to live Christ-reflecting lives. She’s traveled to almost every state in the U.S. for speaking and singing engagements and has lived in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma, Alaska, and South Carolina.

"My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring" Book Review


My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring

by Carrie Fancett Pagels



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Moor your heart on Mackinac Island along with resident sweetheart Maude Welling, an heiress trying to prove her worth by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel. Meet Ben Steffans, a journalist posing as a wealthy industrialist who has come to the island to uncover a story about impoverished men pursuing heiresses at the famed hotel. Will a growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed in this Gilded Age romance? 

MY REVIEW:  Well, Carrie Fancett Pagels has given me the travel bug....I'd never heard of Mackinac Island and now I'm dying to visit there and see the buildings and scenery.  Maude had every right to love the apparently enchanting island and to do everything within her power to keep her family's inn safely within the family and the Mackinac Island community.   It was my desire initially to become a journalist for a newspaper so I read with intrigue of Ben's position as spy to cover a story with such authenticity.  
        I am looking forward to reading the next book in the My Heart Belongs series.  The book is full of such vivid description that I felt as if I were actually walking along with the characters.  I felt such compassion for Ben and Maude.  Both of them seemed to be in positions where they felt they were at risk of losing so much.  Maude feared losing the inn and her home and Ben feared being discovered at the Grand Hotel.   
       I give this book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
       I received a copy of this book from netgalley and Barbour Books.  All opinions of this review are mine and mine alone.   

About the Author:
Carrie Fancett Pagels

Carrie Fancett Pagels is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"The Rancher's Surprise Triplets" Book Review

The Rancher's Surprise Triplets

Lone Star Cowboy League: Multiple Blessings #1

by Linda Ford

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Three Little Matchmakers 

Rancher Bo Stillwater has no plans of becoming a husband or a father…but he can't turn away from the three babies he finds at the county fair. After leaving the abandoned triplets in the care of the doctor's daughter, Louisa Clark, his duty should be done. So why can't he seem to stay away from the babies and their pretty caregiver? 

Watching the town's most eligible bachelor with the little trio reawakens Louisa's unmet dreams. She's found satisfaction in spinsterhood and caring for others, convinced that motherhood passed her by. Do she and Bo only work so well together for the children's sakes…or could they both find courage to make this sweet temporary arrangement something truly lasting?

My Review:  What a sweet little bit of a romance this novel is for readers.  Three triplets left at the county fair steal the hearts of Bo and Louisa.  Bo finds the little darling boys and can think of no one more suited to care for them than the new doctor's daughter, Louisa.  She is up for the duty but does feel the strain of tending to three young babies on her own.  Bo and his twin brother, Brandon, do often lend a hand.  Bo finds someone else stealing his heart as well and that is the beautiful young selfless woman, Louisa Clark.  What will happen to these abandoned babies?  Will the desperate mother be found?  Will lovee touch Louisa's heart even as it has touched Bo's?  
         This book brings the past to life for readers .  There are no cars to transport the people of the community.  There are no disposable diapers, no washing machines, no sippie cups to bring convenience for the families of young babies.  Louisa definitely faced a daunting task as she cared for the three babies, babies that weren't even her own.  This book is a sweet little romance that will easily bring smiles and joy to readers.   While the plot is a predictable one, it is one to recommend to others.  I would certainly want to buy copies of this one for friends and family.
       I am giving this book a rating of 4 stars. 
       I received an ebook of this selection from netgalley.  All opinions are my own.  

About the Author:
Linda Ford
Linda Ford grew up devouring books and making up stories in her head—often late at night when she couldn't sleep. But she hadn't planned to write. Instead, she dreamed of running an orphanage. In a way, that dream came true. She married, had four homemade children, adopted ten and lived (at times, endured) the dream. 

Writing first took her to non-fiction human-interest articles for newspapers and eventually a non-fiction book about tuberculosis set in the 1930s and 1940s (Touched By The White Plague). But romance had always been her first love and she turned to writing love stories. She is multi-published in the CBA market. 

She lives on a small ranch in Alberta, Canada, where she can see the mountains every day. She and her husband continue to enjoy their children and grandchildren.