Review and Giveaway Spies and Sweethearts

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About the Book

Book: Spies & Sweethearts

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: April 15, 2020

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A secret mission. A fake bride. A run for their lives.

According to the OSS training manual, the life expectancy of a radio operator in Nazi-occupied France is six weeks. Partnered with one of the agency’s top spies, Gerard Lucas, newly-minted agent Emily Strealer plans to beat those odds. Then their cover is blown and all bets are off.

The border to neutral Switzerland is three hundred miles away—a long way to run with SS soldiers on their heels.

Will Emily and Gerard survive the journey?

And what about their hearts? Nothing in the manual prepared them for falling in love.

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My Review

An American high school teacher moves her energy, time, and life directly into the American cause in France during WWII. Can anyone really be trained as a spy? So many unknown variables. But sometimes we are called to do the imperceivable, the impossible. God in His wisdom does not reveal the outcome. But He does promise to be with us on the journey.

It’s hard to put myself in the path of danger in WWII occupied France. But Linda successfully places me there. I face each page ready to fight for freedom and justice. My days—my life—are tame compared to dodging SS guards, hunger, danger, bullets…Each WWII book I read exposes another element or angle of this historical era. Spies and Sweethearts carries the reader on a journey for truth and forbidden love. All in the guise of espionage!

FYI: I am a high school French teacher! I could not have turned my knowledge into being a spy. Or could I?

About the Author

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Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is also a trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

More from Linda

Dear Reader,

Take a moment to travel back to an era when ordinary women did extraordinary things. After the attack at Pearl Harbor, stalwart American gals stepped out of their comfort zone to take jobs never before held by women…sometimes dangerous jobs. Jobs in which they could lose their lives.

As a docent at the Wright Museum of WWII, I meet people from all walks of life who lived and served during the second “war to end all wars.” Many of these people haven’t shared their stories with loved ones for myriad reasons, but when they arrive at the museum, the floodgates of memories open, and words begin to pour out.

I’ve listened as ladies shared the stress of working outside the home, and juggling finances and childcare issues while their husbands were away in the armed forces. I’ve heard some speak about the excitement of learning new skills and gaining confidence. However, others were not as forthcoming because what they did was not only perilous, but secret. Fortunately, in the last few years, documents been declassified to shed light on the undercover work and projects performed during the war.

It is my hope that Spies & Sweethearts, book one in my Sisters in Service trilogy, will honor these brave women in some small way.

Blessings,

Linda Shenton Matchett

Blog Stops

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 25

Connect in Fiction, September 25

Connie’s History Classroom, September 26

Mary Hake, September 26

Blossoms and Blessings, September 27

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, September 27

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 28

Life, Love, Writing, September 28

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed copy of Spies & Sweethearts, an autographed copy of WWII Word Find, hand cut wood fleur de lis earrings, pewter Eiffel tower ring holder, and a fleur de Lis Coaster!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Please leave a comment. What do you think about this novel?

Happy Fall Y’all

Happy Fall y’all. Are you guys as happy as I am with the change of seasons? Something about this year made the summer seem so long. Perhaps because my summer started in March with the close of school. Anyway, it seems with the date change to September 22, the weather participated perfectly. That says a lot because in Louisiana the heat tends to linger into October. For this week, its cool and wet, perfect for long walks and porch time.

With the temperature change comes blankets and socks! The first thing I do each morning is pull on a thick pair of crazy socks, grab a cup of hot tea and a blanket on my way to the porch. Oh, nothing better to wake me up for my day.

Because of the cooler weather, Tully and I can walk anytime we want without the sun beating on us, coaxing us inside. He’s ready to be entertained by all the leaves, puddles, and other creatures scurrying around. We both are enjoying the crisp, pure, smells of fall whether it is the dew or the rain on the breeze. It just fills the air with newness.

Anyone for fall decorations? I love the browns, oranges, reds, and golds. I really wish those were the colors for the entire year! It’s hard for me not to decorate for Thanksgiving in September. Instead, I put a few items out and enjoy the slow addition of pumpkins and leaves and turkeys.

So, what have I left out? Food and drinks. I haven’t started hot chocolate of cider yet but it’s enticing. Tonight, we have a chili event which always welcomes fall. Cornbread, venison, pumpkin, squash, marshmallows….yum, yum.

Welcome to fall. Share about your likes or possibly dislikes of fall.

September Personal Giveaway

It’s time for my September Giveaway through September 27. Comment for your chance to win one of these two books: Hold Me Close by me or No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky.

Perhaps you will share one thing you like about fall. I love the fresh, cool mornings on my front porch with hot tea.

What’s next on your agenda?

Since so many things have changed in my recent life, I’m wondering if it is the same for you. I would like to know that I’m not the only one experiencing new schedules, new hobbies, new foods, new plans. Please comment and perhaps I’ll add something new to my list of accomplishments.


Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/ff03/2020-back-to-school-multi-author-giveaway

As you know, I resigned from teaching in February before the pandemic with my last day being May 22. Therefore, this is the first September in forever that I have had “free.” Free is an interesting phenomenon. In July we bought a house to flip, meaning I’ve become a painter and a cabinet hanger as well as a debris collector. It’s hard work, but I love working with my husband even though he says I’m slow and “un”professional. Yet, I get the job done well. I won’t say I’m free labor, but close to it until the house sells.

Add to that I now run an Airbnb. What? Yes, I’m a host. I’ve been a guest many times in Europe while traveling with my daughter, so I sort of know what a guest wants. We’ll see!

I’m an accidental gardener, meaning I throw seed out and see what they will do. I want to learn to make candles and petit fours!

My days always include reading and writing. I’m excited about the release of Wait for Me. I’m being ever so patient as I wait to hold it. That ends the Revolutionary Faith series. What’s next? Somehow, I’ll release the first book in Gardens in Time. Details in the next six months or so.

Enough about my what’s next. Share about something new in your life.

Back to School Multi-Author Giveaway

Readers, kids are back in school and with all the changes due to Covid we thought it would be encouraging to do a fun giveaway just for you!

Don’t miss your chance to enter to win a $350 Amazon gift card and 40 books in our Celebrate Lit Multi-Author Giveaway. 

Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/ff03/2020-back-to-school-multi-author-giveaway

The event and giveaway is going on now through September 20! 

Wait for Me Cover Reveal

We’ve waited for this for a year. Now the wait is over. The cover for Wait for Me, Book Five of the Revolutionary Faith Series is here. I’m so pleased with the beautiful artwork by Roseanna White. Although the book will be released on February 9, 2021, we can feast on the cover and anticipate holding the novel in five months.

I am showing this to my faithful blog followers before anyone else. You are special to me and therefore, deserve the first peek. I hope you are as pleased as I am.

Heavy sigh…heart pounding…here it is.

I’ll post more information about pre-orders, bonus item, and excerpts later. For now, enjoy the inspiring cover. Be sure to leave your comments.

Review and Giveaway To Love a Prince

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About the Book

Book:  To Love a Prince

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre:  Royal Romance

Release Date: August 11, 2020

 

An enchanting new royal romance from NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck

Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace and dining with the queen. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed.

Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy’s living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the city, and a handsome, successful fiancée. The last person on her mind is Gus, a prince she once called her best mate.

HRH Prince Augustus is no longer “Prince Pudgy,” as caricaturized by the press, he’s charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But when he’s jilted at the altar by an American heiress as millions of people around the world watched, the spare heir to Lauchtenland’s ancient House of Blue escapes, finding solace on a Florida beach.

A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He’s half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar, rather than serving his country and the Family.

Until an accident on the beach with a Frisbee changes his course.

Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince, and their childhood friendship is renewed. She assures Gus Lauchtenland needs him, giving him the courage to return home.

When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment to Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother’s wedding, their friendship blooms into affection.

But Gus cannot, will not, trust his heart again. Daffy’s engaged. And she also remains a royal family outcast because she knows the Queen’s secret.

When affection grows into love and secrets are exposed, trust is destroyed. Gus must choose which is stronger: the lies of his past or the hope of his future. And Daffy must face every fear to prove she will forever love a prince.

“Another compelling royal story by the master of princely tales!”  Susan May Warren, USA Today bestselling, RITA award-winning novelist

 

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My Review

Why do we as a human race keep secrets, guarding them for years, sometimes centuries? Is it just human nature? What I do know is secrets make for interesting, mysterious plots. The reader becomes a detective, trying to guess or deduce the answer to the mystery before it is revealed. This novel is full of hints and innuendos that make it a page-turner.

Who else enjoys a contemporary love story where any girl has the potential to be a princess? I do. Rachel Hauck succeeds in captivating her readers with another prince and princess. Not to spoil anything, but characters from Hauck’s other books appear again to delight the readers. I am fascinated with the Royals in fiction and real life.

It is difficult to put this novel down. Unfortunately, life interrupts my reading time. Yet, each time I rejoin the characters, I experience the magical yet realistic world of the royals who have similar fiascos and problems with love and expectations as normal, or not so ordinary, people.

I just know there has to be another installment with another princess in Rachel’s imagination. Hope so.

About the Author

 

Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.

Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

 

More from Rachel

Hello Royal Rockstar Readers!

I’m thrilled to share To Love A Prince with you. So many of you who loved the Royal Wedding Series have asked for more royals so as I noodled over new story ideas, my thoughts drifted toward princes and princesses. What’s more romantic than a royal wedding?

This royal story, the first book in a new series, True Blue Royal, is set in a new fictional country, Lauchtenland, in the North Sea. I’m really squeezing all those oil wells currently occupying that body of water.

The beauty of royal stories is they remind us of who we really are: princes and princesses. There is always a point in the story where the royal character, as well as the commoner, must come to grips with his and her true identity! Who God says we are!

Stories are a powerful reflection of life and it’s fun to insert ourselves into the tale. While fiction employs a lot of hyperbole we can find ourselves on the page somewhere, somehow.

Thanks for going on this little tour with me and To Love A Prince. You are so vital to my story as an author. Thank you!

Yours,

Rachel

Blog Stops

Connect in Fiction, September 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 11

deb’s Book Review, September 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 11

Remembrancy, September 12

Breny and books, September 12

Texas Book-aholic, September 12

Inklings and notions, September 12

For Him and My Family, September 13

Artistic Nobody, September 13 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 13

The Book Chic Blog, September 13

Among the Reads, September 14

Soulfully Romantic, September 14

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 14

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 15

lakesidelivingsite, September 15

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 15

Reflections From My Bookshelves, September 15

Betti Mace, September 16

Where Faith and Books Meet, September 16

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, September 16

Blossoms and Blesssings, September 16

She Lives To Read, September 17

Wishful Endings, September 17

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, September 17

Life of Literature, September 17

Life, Love, Writing, September 17

Book Love, September 18 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Maureen Timerman, September 18

Batya’s Bits, September 18

Labor Not in Vain, September 18

Bigreadersite, September 19

Hallie Reads, September 19

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 19

Splashes of Joy, September 19

Christian Bookaholic, September 20

Musings of A Sassy Bookish Mama, September 20

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 20

Inside the Wong Mind, September 21

By The Book, September 21

Mary Hake, September 21

Godly Book Reviews, September 21

Hebrews 12 Endurance, September 22

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, September 22

Livin’ Lit, September 22

Writing from the Heart Land, September 22

Simple Harvest Reads, September 23 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Mamma Loves Books, September 23

Daysong Reflections, September 23

Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot, September 23

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a royal gift box of Pampering Princess items that includes bath balms, tea, tiara and other surprises!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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What do you think?

Endless TO Do List

Confession time. It’s not too bad, so I don’t think I’ll lose any friends over it. OK. I am a PLANNER. That’s me. I ooze drops of joy when I have something to plan or organize such as a trip, a novel plot, a house project, a shopping list, a schedule. The down side of being a planner is a lack of spontaneity. More on that later.

Anyone out there who will admit to the quirks of begin a planner? We’re not an evil lot. Nope, not at all. We just like to know what’s ahead and how to accomplish the goal.

Here is what I do on a typical day to satisfy my urge to map out my schedule.

  1. The night before I write down the items I want to accomplish the next day.
  2. If I have time or I know for sure, I will prioritize the list.
  3. The next morning, I read the list by my computer and either agree or disagree and correct it.
  4. As I complete or progress on an item, I mark it out or place it on another list.
  5. I add to the list if needed.

Voila! Does it bother me if I don’t complete my list each day? Not at all! I think the act of writing the list and marking off one thing satisfies my planning gene.

What about when life interrupts and I have to ditch the list and react spontaneously? Glad you asked. It happened today while I was writing this blog. I had carved out a time to complete my writing, all part of the schedule. My darling husband called and invited me to lunch and a little shopping. What’s a girl to do? Accept the date, of course. I don’t turn down the calls of family and friends or the need to set aside my plans for someone else. The list is fluid; whereas, life’s interruptions demand immediate attention.

How do you plan your day? With a list? Or spontaneous all the way?

Review and Giveaway The Shopkeeper’s Widow

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About the Book

Book:  The Shopkeeper’s Widow

Author: Izzy James

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: August 21, 2020

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Delany Fleet, a widowed former indentured servant living in the colonial port of Norfolk, Virginia, dreams of having an estate of her own where she will never have to compromise her freedom.

When the only man she ever loved shows up with a load of smuggled firearms, Delany is forced to leave her home and her livelihood to protect her family and property from Lord Dunmore’s raids and the conniving plots of a man who claims to be her friend.

Now, with her destiny forever altered, Delany must find a new way to happiness. Can reconnecting with her husband’s family and a former love be the path that God has for her?

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My Review

First of all, I must comment on the era—the American Revolution. This is right up my alley in research, writing, and reading. I’m always looking for new authors and books about this time. 1774! What a time to be alive! A lot like right now, not knowing what will happen next. The unknown. The number of decisions that confront the characters daily keeps the reader engaged. Priorities shift in a time of crisis. Survival and protection move to the top.

These characters make commitments that determine their actions. We haven’t changed much in 200 years. The flight syndrome looms. Is there a way to escape? Will the problem follow me? A flight from society, hoarding secrets, resting in an inner cave with daily familiar surroundings. The last one is what I tend to do. Find that comfortable place and hibernate. Sometimes it is flight to a different place, a book, a room, a job, a country.

Izzy James is a new author for me. I look forward to reading more from her. If you enjoy the intrigue of the American Revolution with all of its problems with loyalties, slavery, freedom of all kinds, then this book is for you.

About the Author

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Izzy James grew up surrounded by history and story in coastal Virginia. She still lives there with her fabulous husband in a house brimming with books.

More from Izzy

Hello! My name is Izzy James. My new book is The Shopkeeper’s Widow. It’s about freedom and second chances. I learned quite a bit of history while researching and writing this book. Did you know that the first showers began to appear in the early 1760’s? I gave Delany one of them in Shopkeeper’s just for fun. It is not likely she would have had a shower at that time, but it is fiction and as such I thought it would be a fun detail to add. We do know that some people did rig up for themselves a semblance of a daily shower by using a bucket full of water suspended above them.

Blog Stops

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 6

Connect in Fiction, September 7

Batya’s Bits, September 8

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 9

The Book Chic Blog, September 9

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, September 10

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 10

HookMeInABook, September 11

Books I’ve Read, September 11

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Izzy is giving away the grand prize package of a a book, a can of tea and an Ingenuitea teapot!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/fff4/the-shopkeeper-s-widow-celebration-tour-giveaway

I hope you enjoyed the review. Please enter the giveaway above!

Review and Giveaway Christmas Carol Society

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My Review

The classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens comes to life as an eclectic group gathers to study and review the novel. But the assignments turn the study into a life application scenario. I enjoyed the parallel plot echoing through the pages. I’ve pulled down my copy of A Christmas Carol ready to brush up on the original Scrooge.

I found myself accepting the assignments—at least mentally. I won’t spoil the read by telling you what the assignments are. You’ll have to read for yourself.

I did come away with the renewed belief that I can’t change anyone, only God can. I have a great example of that fact. My mother told me I couldn’t change my husband to be, so be very sure about marriage. I heard her and married him anyway. She was so right–hehe. Presently, I’m realizing daily that I can’t change my children. I can influence, model, advise, etc. but only God can change the person.

This story reminds me that God is in control even when it takes time for things to right themselves or change. Perhaps even after the ones involved pass away. God fits all the pieces together. He is not caught off guard.

I’m off to buy another one of her books, 24 Days Before Christmas.

About the Book

Book: Christmas Carol Society

Author: Rebekah Jones

Genre: Holiday Fiction, Christian Fiction

Release Date: October 30, 2019

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Christmas Carol Society – How Do You Impersonate a Christmas Ghost?

The Christmas season has arrived. The members of the newly-formed Christmas Carol Society are beginning their weekly meetings. Charlie Baker finds the first meeting odd enough, but when the assignments start, he has to wonder why he allowed himself to get roped into attending. Miss Dartmoor tells her members to impersonate the Ghost of Christmas Past for their own personal Scrooge.

Just how does a mere human accomplish such an absurd task? Charlie tries to figure it out, but begins to see the Lord might plan for the assignments to have a deeper impact on him than he expected.

An impact that Charlie isn’t sure he wants to face.

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About the Author

Rebekah Jones is first and foremost a follower of the Living God. She started

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writing as a little girl, seeking to glorify her King with her books and stories.
Rebekah is an old soul in a young body (she’s not 12 —honest!) While her exact age is classified, her interests are not. Among them are reading a variety of books, singing, playing, and composing music, studying all manner of subjects, nannying an adventurous group of youngsters, and, of course, writing her books, poems, articles, and short stories. She writes a wide range of books from gentle children’s adventures to family sagas to murder mysteries.

More from Rebekah Jones

Christmas Carol Society is a book very near and dear to my heart. Partly because of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, which is among my favorites, and partly due to my characters. Especially, Charlie Baker.

Charlie is very special to me. He wants to hide in his tiny corner of the world, and give up. He wants to give up on a world that has hurt him tremendously or taken people he loved. He wants to push away any possibility of repeating the past; he doesn’t want to be hurt again.

Charlie doesn’t want to join the Christmas Carol Society. He doesn’t want to find a “Scrooge.” He doesn’t want to make new friends. He doesn’t want to do any of it.

He joins because he loves his cousin. He doesn’t do it for any other reason.

His father encourages him to do it right, if he’s going to do it at all. His cousin calls him out, when his Christianity is at odds with his behavior. And Albert, his would-be friend, just doesn’t give up on him.

In a sense, Charlie is a Scrooge – and yet, he’s not. He has to find a Scrooge of his own. And through it, he finds himself doing all the things that he really doesn’t want to do at all – and it’s a good thing. Painful sometimes, but good. Scary at times, but good.

The characters that the LORD uses to teach me the most, end up being particularly special to me. Charlie is one of them. In some ways, I relate to Charlie rather a lot, and writing this story drove me to prayer often, so I would know what to do next. I frequently wasn’t sure where the story would go. But I learned along with Charlie.

I hope that my readers will love Charlie Baker as much as I do, and that his story, along with the others in this book, will in some way bless and encourage my readers for the LORD’s glory.

To the KING be all the glory!

Blog Stops

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 6

Connect in Fiction, September 6

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 7

Emily Yager, September 7

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 8

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 8

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rebekah is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Christmas Carol Society, a copy of A Christmas Carol, and an ornament!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/ffb6/christmas-carol-society-celebration-tour-giveaway

Please leave a comment here and enter the giveaway!