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10/23/14

THE DAUGHTER OF HIGHLAND HALL by Carrie Turansky

5 STARS 
LITFUSE PUBLICITY
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DAUGHTER OF HIGHLAND HALL
BOOK LAUNCH 
AND
         GIVEAWAYS              


Carrie Turansky has posted a new item, 'Daughter of Highland Hall ~ Book Launch
Giveaways'

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You may view the latest post at
http://carrieturansky.com/index.php/daughter-of-highland-hall-book-launch-giveaways/
It's time to celebrate the release of The Daughter of Highland Hall, Book Two in
the Edwardian Brides Series!

 We'll be celebrating all month with
special events, and we'll be giving away five prize packages right here on my
blog.




THE DAUGHTER OF HIGHLAND HALL
EDWARDIAN BRIDES
BOOK TWO
by
Carrie Turansky





INTRO
(from Amazon)
Fans of Downton Abbey, Jane Eyre, and Pride & Prejudice will enjoy this pure and inspiring romance taking place in Edwardian England amid a clash of cultures and changing times.

Eighteen-year-old Katherine Ramsey travels to London with her family to make her debut into society and hopefully find her future husband. Her overbearing aunt insists she must secure a proposal from a wealthy young man who is in line to inherit his father’s title and estate. But Katherine questions her aunt’s plans when she gets to know Jonathan Foster, a handsome medical student and strong Christian who is determined to protect the poor and vulnerable in London’s East End. When a family scandal puts a damper on Katherine’s hopes for the season, she has time to volunteer with Jonathan, caring for children in one of London’s poorest areas, and romance blossoms. Katherine’s faith grows and she begins to envision a different future with Jonathan. But when Katherine’s work in the East End puts her in danger, Jonathan distances himself from Katherine to protect her. A wealthy suitor reappears, and Katherine must choose which path to follow.

Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Multnomah Books (first published October 1st 2014)
ISBN1601424981 (ISBN13: 9781601424983)


REVIEW

What if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor… what if it isn’t enough?
This book is book two of the Edwardian Series.  It doesn't disappoint either.  THE DAUGHTER OF HIGHLAND HALL picks up where THE GOVERNESS OF HIGHLAND HALL stopped.  Ms. Turansky takes us back to London, April 1912 and tells in great detail how a young girl comes of age, her debut into society and most of all her presentation to the Queen and King.    Lady Louisa Gatewood who is Kate;'s aunt, thinks she knows what is best for Kate and that is;  by the end of the season a marriage proposal.  But what does Kate think and want?  Is a marriage the right thing for Kate right now? I though ms. Turansky described everything in such wonderful fine detail, the characters, emotions, strengths and weaknesses, how they lived, the events they attended and what I loved most was how they dressed.  I just love those beautiful gowns that made a woman look like a woman.  The reader definitely gets thee feel that they are right in the middle of the story and loving every minute of it.
The author also puts in the spirituality of life into the story.  The reader watches Kate on her journey of discovering what faith in God is.  How to trust God and his plan for her life over what her family and peers feel.  A wonderful thing about the spiritual side of this book is that the author wasn't preachy.  She gently introduced the subject without cramming it down your throat.
A wonderful book that will keep you glued to your chair reading about the coming of age of a beautiful young girl and her discovery of God.
Book Three of the Edwardian Brides Series, A REFUGE at HIGHLAND HALL is to be released in October 2015.  What a long time to wait, but it's sure to be worth it.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE DAUGHTER OF HIGHLAND HALL from the author, Carrie Turansky and Litfuse Publicity Group for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


AUTHOR
Carrie TuranskyCarrie Turansky is the award-winning author of thirteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. She has been a winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the International Digital Award, and the Crystal Globe Award. Her next book will be The Daughter of Highland Hall, releasing 10/07/14. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, speaker and counselor. They have five adult children and four grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys gardening, reading, flower arranging, and cooking healthy meals for friends and Family.


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10/22/14

UNFORGIVABLY BROKEN by Maegan Abel Oct 22

**This is a New Adult Romance with dark themes
intended for readers 18 and up**




4 stars
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Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Maegan Abels UNFORGIVABLY BROKEN virtual book tour September 22 – October 24!


LOVE HAS A BREAKING POINT
Unforgivably Broken 2

Title: Unforgivably Broken
Author: Maegan Abel
Publisher: Forever Red Publishing
Pages: 225
Genre: New Adult
Format: Kindle
 PUYB Inside the Book
 
It took a near-tragedy for Zane and Lili to admit their feelings for one another. If they could survive that explosion, wading through the debris left behind should be a breeze, right?
Lili has spent years hiding from her past. Now, she’s being forced to admit her mistakes and make a decision. Can she conquer her demons head-on, or will she remain by Zane’s side while he fights his own?
Zane learned early in life that charm and deception are easier than hard truths. Sometimes, old habits die hard. When his past mistakes start making continuous reappearances, he is faced with some of the most crucial decisions he’s ever made.
When you have secrets, they can rip ragged holes in the ties that bind even the strongest relationships.
What do you do when you realize you’re unforgivably broken?

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PUYB Meet the Author


Maegan AbelMaegan Abel was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She went back to school her my late twenties and studied Stage Production Technology. She now work full-time in the alterations shop of a major department store and part-time backstage in the various theatres around the area. She has been an avid reader from a very young age and the top goal on her list of things to accomplish in life was to write and publish a book. During the summer of 2013, while working backstage on The Lion King, she read eleven books in four weeks. Maegan read her first New Adult book and was introduced to a genre that she felt she could totally relate to. The idea for Perfectly Broken and the character of Lili was born backstage during that time.



REVIEW

"A building gets torched. All that is left is ashes. I used to think that was true about everything--family, friends, feelings--but now I know that sometimes, if love proves real, and two people are meant to be together, nothing can keep them apart."
--The Crow

I just couldn't get enough of this book.  A wonderful story of two friends and the craziness that led them to the conclusion they loved each other. This is far from a simple little romance. The story has bits of fun, drama, love, darkness, pain and not knowing. There is plenty of craziness going on, just like real life.
We have Lily, who is a little, bitty thing but don't get her wrong, she's strong and humorous at the same time.  Zane is her roommate.  He loves his family and friends but he has something he can't get past.  They both have trouble forming relationships because of their past.  They both trust and are true to each other.
The author gives you the idea that something way bigger is lurking out there on the horizon.  All you can do is keep reading, and you will.  The characters that the author wrote in her book had the realistic traits that a person in the real world would have.I wish I had had the first book to read before this one.  This book , when you are finished, left you with wanting more and I hope there is more. Will either of them find that they are UNFORGIVABLY BROKEN?


I was given a complimentary copy of UNFORGIVABLY BROKEN from the author, Maegan Abel and Pump Up Your Book for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.


I would give this book 4 STARS.

















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MURDER OFF THE BEATEN PATH by M.L. Rowland

5 STARS



MURDER OFF THE BEATEN PATH
A Search and Rescue Mystery
by
M.L. Rowland
Product Details
 INTRO
(from Amazon)
  • Series: A Search and Rescue Mystery  2), Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (October 7, 2014), Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425263673, ISBN-13: 978-0425263679
 As a member of a mountain search and rescue team, Gracie Kinkaid routinely volunteers to put her life on the line. But it’s at her new day job at a residential camp in the mountains of southern California where she finds her life is really in danger…

As a volunteer for Timber Creek Search and Rescue, Gracie responds to a call out for a car that’s gone over the side of a treacherous mountain road. The crash, which Gracie quickly suspects is no accident, proves to be one in an escalating and deadly series of events that lead her right back to Camp Ponderosa, a church-owned camp where she works as Program Director. As Gracie probes more deeply into the dark secrets at the camp, she unearths a hidden world of illegal activities, including murder…and finds herself going head-to-head with desperate perpetrators who will do anything to silence her forever.

About the Author

M.L. Rowland is the author of Zero-Degree Murder: A Search and Rescue Mystery.


REVIEW
 This is the second book in the Search and Rescue Mystery series.  Gracie Kincaid volunteers as a member of the mountain search and rescue team.  The author's first book was about a mountain search for missing hikers.  Name of book, Zero Degree Murder.

This book is somewhat different from Book One where it contains a scene where Gracie is doing a Rescue or Recovery with the S@R team where a vehicle went over the side of a mountain road.  Most of the rest of the book is about Gracie and her trying to solve some of the mysteries taking place at the mountain camp run by a church.

The action starts when the vehicle goes over the edge.  The church camp is not what it appears t o be.  Far from it.  There's a lot going on at this church camp that is not good, down right illegal.  Gracie gets herself in a lot of life threatening situations and uses her S@R skills to get out of them.  She works the ropes so the young ones will gain confidence.
Gracie is a strong young female and wants to get to the bottom of what caused the drive off the mountain edge.  She has two men who are interested in her and at this point she doesn't want to commit to either.  This book was so interesting, fun, suspenseful, a little romantic and kept my attention to the end.  I can't help but want to read another book and find out more about Gracie. You can't read this book fast enough and when you reach the end, you are sad because you want more and you want it now.


I was given a complimentary copy of MURDER OFF THE BEATEN PATH from the author M.L. Rowland and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.



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THE QUEEN OF SPARTA by T. S. Chaudhry

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THE QUEEN OF SPARTA
A Novel of Ancient Greece
by
T.S. Chaudhry
Genre: Historical Fiction
Author: T.S. Chaudhry
Publisher: Top Hat Books
Xerxes, the Great King of Persia, invades Greece in 480
B.C. at the head of a massive army. Three hundred
Spartans and King Leonidas die heroically blocking the
Persian advance at the pass of Thermopylae.
The Persians are poised to conquer all of Greece. The
only one standing in their way is a woman – Gorgo,
Queen of Sparta.
Though history has relegated her role to that of a
bystander, what if she played a central role in the
Greek resistance to the Persian invasion. What if she
kept her true role a secret in order to play it more
effectively? What if she was hiding other secrets too –
dark secrets of murder and vengeance? What if the
only person who truly appreciated her genius was an
enemy prisoner whom she has vowed to kill? What if
after their victory, the Greeks start to turn on each
other? What if, eventually, Gorgo has to choose
between the security of Sparta and safety of her son?
And what if the only one who could find a way out is
the same prisoner who had once fought against the
Spartans?
“This novel is an exciting re-imagining of events in Ancient Greece. Rich in detail, with excellent battle scenes and
sections on military strategy as well as compelling lead characters, Chaudhry manages to make his intricate story
accessible and involving.”
“Great read for any lover of historical fiction.”
“A vivid and superbly researched original history of what it was like to have lived in this fascinating period of time.”
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10/20/14

PATCHWORK MAN by Debrah B. Martin



 5   STARS




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PATCHWORK MAN
Patchwork Series
Book One
by
Debrah B. Martin


SUMMARY (from Amazon)
 Have you ever met a patchwork man?

Lawrence Juste is one. The QC with a conscience - privileged, reputable and emotionally frozen.

But Lawrence hasn't always been who he is now. When he is glaringly in the public eye after his enigmatic wife is killed in an apparently random hit and run, he could do with a hidden past surfacing like a hole in the head.

Unfortunately the past has a way of finding its way back to you, just like betrayal. His dead wife has helpfully left him a sinister resume of his, and she just keeps adding to it ...

Patchwork Man is the first in a trilogy. The second, Patchwork People will be  released soon'


  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0992996104
  • Publisher: IM Books; 1 edition (July 23, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.


AUTHOR
Picture Debrah Martin writes adult fiction as Debrah Martin/ D.B. Martin and a Young Adult teen detective series under the pen name Lily Stuart. Debrah’s novels examine real people in real – but unexpected – situations, and the way their life transforms because of them. Her work has been described variously as intriguing, poignant, irreverent, quirky and page-turning.



REVIEW
This was a well written mystery.Since there were a lot of foreign phrases, they were spelled correctly.  I even looked some of them up.  Author was right on target.I didn't realize this was book one of a series of three. The only place I could find about it being a series was on the Amazon Page.
The story was suspenseful with so many relationships that were all over the place.I would definitely read the other two books first, it might make more sense that way.The author wrote a captivating mystery that has many parts to it.Ms. Martin created a mystery so full of suspense with woven webs of twists and turns. The author takes us through many flashbacks of the character's lives. Just as we learn more of the characters, the mystery deepens and the story becomes more suspenseful. The author seems to have the uncanny ability to keep you in suspense until she is ready to let you know what is really going on.  She has characters that the reader can relate to.I was just sorry when it ended.  I'm ready for more.




 I was given a complimentary copy of Patchwork Man from the author  Debrah B. Martin for my view of the book.   No other compensation took place.

I would give this book  5  STARS.


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http://bemiown.blogspot.com
bemiown@yahoo.com
www.debramartin.co.uk
 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1042648798
 http://www.amazon.com/review/R3KY437ZUU7Y5C/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00M37OUPY

THE PATCHWORK PEOPLE by Debrah Martin

THE PATCHWORK PEOPLE
The Patchwork People Series
Book Two
by
Debrah Martin
Product Details


INTRO
(from Amazon)
Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 281 pages, Published September 30th 2014 by I. M. Books
ASIN B00NP4U55S, edition language:English

Lawrence Juste is the perfect QC - with the not so perfect past. But with his meddling wife about to be laid to rest and his long term enemy silenced by the threat of exposure as her killer, the judge's mantle is almost round his shoulders. What could possibly go wrong for the brightest star of the courts?

Plenty.

A series of blackmail notes implicating him in murder – together with the ever-present threat of joining the murder victim if he doesn't pacify his blackmailer – keep Juste in suspense to the brink of desperation. No-one is what they appear to be, especially not him. And no sooner does he patch one hole in his fraying life than another appears. It seems it can only end one way; disaster – unless his dead wife can help...

Patchwork People is the 2nd book in the compelling Patchwork People trilogy series of murder, mystery and lethal romance.


AUTHOR
D.B. MartinDebrah Martin writes adult fiction as Debrah Martin/ D.B. Martin and a Young Adult teen detective series under the pen name Lily Stuart. Debrah’s novels examine real people in real – but unexpected – situations, and the way their life transforms because of them. Her work has been described variously as intriguing, poignant, irreverent, quirky and page-turning.
She is widowed, has two daughters and moved to Wantage in 2013, describing it as the friendliest place she’s ever lived. She is also Chair of the Wantage (not just Betjeman) Literary Festival.

REVIEW
Mystery Novels are one of my favorite genres.  There have been some I dnf, they were boring.  I didn't find this one boring at all.  Patchwork People is among the best mystery novels I've read in a while. This is Book Two of the series but it is a stand alone, so don't worry if you haven't read Book One.
The character, Lawrence Juste, I find very enjoyable. He jumped the gun when he thought all was well because it ended up it wasn't.  Blackmail letters start arriving.
early on in the book. Once that started, I knew I was in for a real ride with this one. This was a mystery that I got so attached to, that I couldn't put it down. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.  I was trying to come to a conclusion of what was going on. My only problem with this book was it finished too soon.  That to me is a sign of a good book.  You want more and this is how the book ended.   The reader wanting a third  book. It can't come soon enough.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE PATCHWORK PEOPLE from the author, Deborah Martin for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


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