My Jane Austen Binge

IMG_4864I really didn’t mean to do it, but as the week progressed it all fell into place. My Jane Austen Binge. It started with a book I found on Audible Miss Austen by Gill Hornby. The main character? Cassandra Austen. But of course, the narrative sheds light on the life of Jane too. Life, Love, Love Lost.  All so exciting.

That led me to the stack of DVDs that I had set aside last year–Austen’s six novels in film from various years. What a treasure to pursue during my Stay at Home days! In no particular order I watched “Sense and Sensibility,” “Persuasion,” “Mansfield Park,” Pride and Prejudice,” “Emma,” and “Northanger Abbey.” Watching old movies is a positive of this slower, simpler time.

And, it so happened that the next book in my TBR stack was The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James.  I’m so glad that it follows along with Miss Austen with some of the same stories.

I want to stay in this Austen world for a little longer. I could read all of Jane Austen’s novels again….Perhaps!

Do you enjoy Jane Austen? Or which author would you read over and over?

Review and Giveaway–Bitter Honey

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About the Book

Book:  Bitter Honey

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Release Date: March 23, 2020

With God, all things are possible.
But can lost love be found again or two wounded hearts knitted together?
Young love, sweeter than honey, is separated by a natural disaster and turns bitter. After five years, a miracle reunites Samantha Adams and Silas Mercier, but it seems it’s too late. Will love prevail?

 

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My Review

The novel presents the generational element that exists in families. Even though any one generation or age group wants to believe the world revolves around it, real life proves different. In a time when travel from one part of the United States to the other—Louisiana to California—took many weeks and a lot of money that was hard to part with just for a visit, plans had to be made well in advance and hold great importance.

The family ties pull on the heartstrings of the characters. How hard to leave a family you cherish! But when the love a man or a woman is at stake, the decision, though difficult, crosses the line of comfort to accomplish a greater purpose.

Caryl brings the themes of family, dreams, forgiveness, and purpose to the pages to stand as truths in God’s plan.

About the Author

 

Praying her story gives God glory, award-winning author Caryl McAdoo continues prolificity with her new Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga series. Readers around the world enjoy her best-selling novels and shower them with 5-Star ratings galore. With forty-eight titles—and counting—her love for writing is obvious; the lady loves singing the new songs the Lord gives her as well! (Check out YouTube). Caryl gave Ron four children and the couple shares eighteen grandsugars. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, the seat of Red River County, in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

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Are you ready to revisit the Adams and Corbin families (from UNIQUELY COMMON and REMI)? Five years have passed, so it’s 1853, and life has gone on.

Samantha, only fourteen back then, wrote faithfully to Silas back in New Orleans as she traveled west on the Oregon/California Trail. She expected a tall stack of letters waiting on her at the General Store in Napa, but alas there were none.

BITTER HONEY is a story of puppy love time tries to dissipate, but Samantha never forgot Silas—or forgave him either! Though she had no way of knowing what tragic events had kept him from mailing the return missives, he never quit thinking of the beautiful girl who’d written of her love for him.

However, each day that passed only made it harder for him to write. Until he decided only a face-to-face talk would suffice, he worked with the man who’d always loved his mother, Claude, to rebuild his family’s vineyard, catching gators on the side.

This story has a second love story, that of Claude and the prostitute he rescues Odette, so there’s plenty of action to keep readers flipping pages. A story of first love and late, second-chance love with a taste of the Cajun life in Louisiana, BITTER HONEY is about restoration and following God’s will.

I hope you enjoy BITTER HONEY and all the other Lockets and Lace stories!
BLESSINGS!

Blog Stops

Artistic Nobody, May 4 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Connect in Fiction, May 5

Lukewarm Tea, May 6 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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/f8f4/bitter-honey-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

Leave any comments here! Happy Reading!

Review and Giveaway–Oh, Gracious!

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About the Book

Book:  Oh, Gracious!

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre:  Christian fiction, contemporary Romance, woman’s fiction

Release Date: March 31, 2020

Life is too short to settle for just anyone.
Grace gave her whole heart to Jesus, but now he wants a part of it.

All she ever wanted was to be a homemaker.

Sure, she has a degree in physics.  Yes, she could have a lucrative job in Rockland, but Grace Buscher enjoys her life as a single homemaker. As they say, it’s her choice.

As a successful business owner, a handsome guy, and heir to a small fortune, it’s no wonder Nolan Burke is one of Rockland’s most eligible bachelors. The problem is, he hasn’t met anyone who isn’t looking for a “trophy husband.”

Don’t family-centered women exist anymore?

Grace isn’t exactly eye candy. Nolan is a bit blind. So when an “accidental meeting” forges an unlikely friendship, it becomes obvious to everyone that it’s likely to become more.

But is Grace ready to give up the life she loves for the man she loves?

Find out in this completely updated, revised, and improved version of Chautona Havig’s first novel, Noble Pursuits.

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My Review

Each one of Chautona’s books challenges me to look inward at my life and choices. I loved investing in the lives of Nolan and Grace in this one. Even though Grace has many characteristics different from me, I admire her gumption and goals. My personally could not risk so much for life choices, at least not the same choices. Grace is so unique with the way she reacts to situations. She challenges me to consider a simpler lifestyle and what it would take to achieve it. It reminds me of our world today with the stay at home mandate. Simple life and simple choices. Grace would fit right in with few changes.

Nolan loves “her quirky little ways”—his words, not mine. A person’s value needs to be seen through the eyes of Jesus not the world. Nolan seeks to follow his list for a perfect wife and finds someone the world would not have picked for him. It reminds me that God made us each so different with our quirks, flaws, talents. He never wanted us to be cookie cutter copies of each other. Size, color, height, wealth, education—each makes an individual unique.

As I read more from this author, I admire how she can present a subject—homemaker, poverty, homeschooling—and have others not criticize or demean the personal choices. It’s important to accept those choices in others.

Have fun with this one! I did.

About the Author

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into Havig_Chautona (1)imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

 

More from Chautona

Wow, My Beloved First Book Was a Hot Mess

On my blog, I sometimes answer readers’ questions, and one of the earliest ones was, “Since you zip out your books so fast, do you ever later wish you had done something differently with them?”

My answer today is the same as back then—usually.  No.  Yes, I sometimes regret not being able to tell a supporting character’s story because the book has given away that person’s past and/or future.  Still, most of the time, I tell the story as I want it.

But in that post about “regrets,” I said that as I learn, I definitely wish to improve sentences here, and others there.  I did this already with Argosy Junction, the second book that I published. The first two or three books were experiments where I made many serious mistakes.  Took bad advice. Didn’t know the right things to research. All the mistake-ness.

Total transparency here. I chose Argosy Junction to revise first because I made fewer mistakes on it.  Still lots, but not as many as my first book, Noble Pursuits.

Bad editing advice, horrible cover design (twice), and just basic writing craft stuff that I didn’t know when I started this whole journey all culminated in a book I both loved (the story) and hated (the final result). Many reviewers said the same thing, too.  That poor book has the worst reviews of all of my books combined.

And for good reason.

But it’s a good story—one I love, as I said—and it has some strong fans.  Some readers were able to look past the problems and see the heart of what I tried to do with it.  And that was a beautiful thing.  Those readers, actually, are the ones I’ve rewritten this book for.

Yes, I rewrote Noble Pursuits. While every sentence isn’t completely rewritten, enough are that I considered it a new book, not just a revised one.

A few readers have panicked to see the title changed, the story rewritten. They’ve asked if I took out this or even that.  I took out and added nothing that 99.9% of readers would ever notice. And it’s a better book for it.

am updating the original Noble Pursuits file with the new text.  I’m doing this in hopes that those who already own that book can go into their digital content on Amazon and get the updated version.  I don’t know if it will work, but I pray it does.

Meanwhile, for those who’ve asked why they can’t buy the first book on my Suggested Reading Order list,  well… now you can!

Oh, Gracious! has been a long time coming, but she’s here with a new title, rewritten content, and even a lovely new cover by the brilliantly talented Perry Elizabeth. It took what seems like forever to settle on a title, but we finally did. Why we chose Oh, Gracious! however, is a story for another day.

Blog Stops

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 1

The Collaborative Press, May 1

Connect in Fiction, May 2

Spoken from the Heart, May 2

Read Review Rejoice, May 2

She Lives To Read, May 3

Books I’ve Read, May 3

Emily Yager, May 4

Captive Dreams Window, May 4

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, May 5

Back Porch Reads, May 5

Lots of Helpers, May 6

As He Leads is Joy, May 6

Artistic Nobody, May 7 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Pause for Tales, May 7

Giveaway

 

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of one paperback copy of each of the 3 fully revised novels: Oh, Gracious, Argosy Junction, and Thirty Days Hath…!!

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/f8f7/oh-gracious-celebration-tour-giveaway

What do you think of the book so far?

NaNoWriMo recap

IMG_4729I want to give a little shout out for an awesome group: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Before COVID19 attacked, I had signed up to participate in the April Writing Camp. I set my goal at 30,000 words on my new work in progress, Whispers of Wisdom. I didn’t know if I could meet my goal, since normally I teach full time. I will add that I did meet the November NaNoWriMo 50,000 goal for 2019. Yet, I knew I’d have to adjust to add new words every day in the spring.

IMG_4437Then, I had a lot of help. No more full time teaching for the school year. I treated my writing as a job. I researched in March finding resources in French and English to support my plot. The topic: 1747 France, Chenonceau Château, Enlightenment, Salons, Rousseau, gardening, Madame Dupin, Madame Pompadour, King Louis XV.  I’m still researching even though I have written 30,000 words of the novel.

IMG_4756On April 1, I began the first chapter of Book Three in Gardens in Time: Whispers of Wisdom. I’ve finished six chapters and will keep writing another 60,000 words until The End.

The times are difficult for the nation, the state, the individuals, the family but hopefully you can find the extra time to do something you thought you’d not have time for in the normal day.

For the month of May, I will be sharing about the little things I’ve added to my day during these simpler times.

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Because Fiction Magazine

I’m very excited about this new online magazine–Because Fiction Magazine

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The subscription is free! So sign up today.

Every month there will be giveaways and articles by authors. There are categories to fit your interests: contemporary, historical, women fiction, suspense.

because fiction official bannerPlease read my article and enter the giveaway. There are many giveaways so while you are there, check out other authors and their giveaways. Each month I will have a new article and giveaway.

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A little bit about the historical edition.

April Historical Fiction Edition

Welcome to our new online magazine where we share the heartbeat of Christian fiction. Each issue will be delivered right to your inbox every month. Each monthly issue will be split into categories so you will receive different issues. YAY!

Along with having articles, stories, and interviews, each issue will have giveaways and sometimes even a free book! Be sure to click on the “read more” button so you can enter the giveaway or grab your book.

Be sure to stop by the #BecauseFiction website to check out Chautona Havig’s #BecauseFiction Podcast, see our latest book reviews, subscribe to the free magazine, and check out our #BecuaseFiction Read alongs where authors are reading chapters of their books – So fun!

Bloggers, readers, and authors alike are sharing the #BecauseFiction hashtag so be sure to search it on your favorite social media platform.

In this issue we are featuring all things historical and amish fiction. We hope you enjoy what the authors have brought. So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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Some Stay at Home Lessons

IMG_4146Rumor has it that the world is about to open up, offering a new normal. All I know is that I have learned lots of lessons that I hope I will implement in my life after the pandemic. Each of us has carried different burdens, perhaps bringing some from before the stay at home mandate–health, finances, jobless, depressed, loss. Most of us did not need the addition of a pandemic in our already hectic, over busy lives.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 

This morning as I thought about a release from quarantine, I prayed for the health of the nation and more specifically for me to not forget the lessons from the past 40 days. Your list will look different from mine.IMG_4418

Slow down                                                                                                                                                Simplify                                                                                                                                                  Spend less                                                                                                                                                Read                                                                                                                                                          Grow                                                                                                                                                          Reach out                                                                                                                                                  Support                                                                                                                                                    Appreciate                                                                                                                                                Love                                                                                                                                                          Listen                                                                                                                                                        Enjoy                                                                                                                                                          Exercise                                                                                                                                                    Pray                                                                                                                                                            Celebrate                                                                                                                                                  Encourage                                                                                                                                                Write                                                                                                                                                          Praise

                     “Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” I Peter 5:7

Join me as I decide to take these lessons to heart and make them a part of my life as I’m called to enter the world again.

 

What are some lessons you will keep close no matter the condition of the world? 

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