Review and Giveaway Hashtag Rogue

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About the Book

Book: Hashtag RogueHashtag Rogue Cover - sm

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Suspense

Release Date: August 20, 2019

Something is terribly wrong in The Agency. Again.

Flynne Dortmann: computer specialist extraordinaire. The right arm of every agent in The Agency. And totally untrained for agent duty.

So when no one takes a threat seriously, Flynne does the only thing she can think of.

With money she has no authorization to use, a gun she’s never fired in her hip pocket, and more zip-ties than any agent should be allowed to carry, Flynne takes on protective detail for an unwilling client. #Rogue.

Mark Cho hasn’t had a chance to get used to being Marco Mendina—head of the Eastern US Agency. Not only that, every sign points to someone knowing he isn’t who he appears to be. His agency is in trouble.  His agents may be in danger, and with an office girl gone rogue, deciding what problem to tackle first is a problem in itself.

Not to mention, he misses his office assistant with her emoji-speak, killer tech skills, and sharp instincts.

 

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My Review

I’m probably considered behind the times since I do not tweet. I have never “hashtagged” anything, yet here I am reading a book entitled Hashtag Rogue. One of the reasons I read for pleasure is to learn something new. That is what I did with this book. The jargon or “foreign” language surrounding Flynn, a major character, made my mind expand as I deciphered the new words. I felt better when a few of the characters questioned Flynn’s verbal meaning too.

I’ve read many of Chautona Havig’s books and I always come away smiling, having learned something interesting. She amazes me with her vast knowledge of many areas. Although I enjoyed this book, I’m sticking with my choice of not having a twitter account!

About the Author

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look Chautonastartlingly 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 on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

 

 

 

 

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize package of a 6 month subscription to Kindle Unlimited!!

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/eb9c/hashtag-rogue-celebration-tour-giveaway

Back to school giveaway

Back to School Giveaway Picture 1Kids are back in school and fall is on its way! You know what that means? We need books, books, and more books!  To help readers fill up their TBR pile, we are hosting a HUGE Back to School Giveaway.
Don’t miss your chance to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card and over 40+ books. Click here to enter:  https://promosimple.com/ps/ea58/back-to-school-promo-2019
Back to School Giveaway Picture 1 (B)The event and giveaway is going on now through September 22
***Notice Bring Me Near is one of the books! Tell all your friends!

My TBR for the Fall

IMG_2241Well, I’m ready for fall, and I have the books to read. If only I had a cool breeze and a reason to fix a cup of hot chocolate. But, I can’t wait for the weather to change in order to start these new books. As always I have so many to choose from, and I keep ordering more.

IMG_2234The first one is A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette. I’ve already read the second one in the series. This is Biblical fiction about a Levitical city of refuge. What a great way to contemplate what might have happened in the time of Joshua and tribes of Israel.

I am the oldest of four sisters, so this title fascinated me. 12 Sisters who Changed History. Amber D. Schamel offers six stories exploring the lives of 12 women who found their places in history.

Kellyn Roth is a young author. Her Chronicles of Alice and Ivy Book 2 is Ivy Introspective about a girl sent to a boarding school far from home. I enjoyed Book 1 too.

A long-lost cousin appears in Ryan’s life opening up questions about the past. Is it true that Christmas is a time for miracles? Miracle on Maple Street is written by Linda Rondeau.

1813 England. In the Shadow of Croft Towers by Abigail Wilson secrets and their uncovering drive the characters to seek answers. Murderers, smugglers, and spies, oh my!

Contemporary fiction, Snow out of Season by Christy Brunke is about two pregnant women separated by time and somehow they are connected. But how?

I love a princess story. Lady Airell’s Choice by Rachel Skatvold satisfies my princess search in this medieval romance. 1187 A.D.

There it is. What will you be reading this fall? Share below so others can find a good book or two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you planning on reading in the next few months?

Importance of Community: Family and Friends

This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”               John 15: 12-13

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I have always been surrounded by family: a house full of sisters, grandparents not far away, then my own children and husband. With three sisters now married with children, our gatherings at special occasions consist of lots of relatives. I love it! For the majority of my adult life, I’ve lived a few hours away from my parents and siblings. The time together seemed so short but packed full of memories. I’ve been blessed with my large family. Today, I’m still hours from my sisters, yet I’m only a few hundred yards from my parents. I love it!

IMG_0699Family, and friends, form an important circle around my life, encouraging me with love and support. The bond is firm, strong, and unwavering, one I can’t imagine living without. Through the years friends have come and gone, leaving me now with the ones to see me through the rest of my life.

I enjoy my community of family and friends. Even when I am alone, I know I have the love of many who challenge me not to give up, to face my days with hope and courage.  Even though blessed with a close family and a few dedicated friends, I know God is always with me giving me my community of family and friends.

070.JPGI hope you have your own community of family and friends. God’s blessings!

 

Review: Sword of Forgiveness

After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosen Craig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered.When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.

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My Review

1398 England—What a frightful time to live! Would you want to live in a castle fighting for your life? I find this time fascinating as the people struggle with protecting their lives, securing food and sanitary conditions, deciphering God’s plan and God’s word. Debbie Costello maneuvers her characters through a barrage of events that challenge their precarious positions in society and basic level of relationship with God. God is still present in their world of swords and battles. Sometimes, as with us, the battle is against God. The lessons we learn over and over—to forgive, to trust, to love—abound even in the 14th century. Life lessons that must be revisited for our present time too. Hold on as the characters present challenges that we might be experiencing right now—minus the swords.

About the Author

Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of Sword of Forgiveness, Amazon’s #1 seller for Historical Christian Romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina with their 5 horses, 3 dogs, cat, and miniature donkey

 

 

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Importance of Community: Social

colonial-dance.jpgLast week I shared that many find the community of faith to be a pillar of life that supports all other areas. I agree. Whether a community like Charles Town, S.C. 1776 or a modern town, city, or village. But what else holds a special place in our lives? I believe one is the social element. Society.

img_2201.jpgAs I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more of an introvert, not minding my own company. In the past, social events pulled me to participate. Now, not so much. I was one to always have a dinner party or birthday gathering. Fun. Fiesta. As my life continued to get busier and fuller, I found my social calendar suffered.

I remember the regular parties my friends and I had about fifteen years ago. We called them “hoolahs.” Every season, every occasion, or no occasion. The laughter, the food, and the awesome memories. So worth it!

Perhaps, we have lost the art of social events. I’m thinking back to the 1770s. In my Revolutionary Faith Series, Elizabeth and Louis enjoy numerous community events, large and small. Their commitments tire me just reading about them.  Dinners. Balls. Weddings. Charity events. Gowns. Hats. Flowers. In their world without movies, TV, cars, and internet, these events filled their time as entertainment. We’ve lost the need for that level of entertainment. And perhaps we’ve replaced these personal encounters with our impersonal devices.

IMG_2200I think I might plan a “hoolah” to satisfy my desire for social mingling.

Do you entertain at your home? 

State of Lies Review

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About the Book

Book: State of Lies

Author: Siri Mitchell

Genre: Suspense

Release Date: August 13, 2019

Months after her husband, Sean, is killed by a hit-and-run driver, physicist Georgie State of liesBrennan discovers he lied to her about where he had been going that day. A cryptic notebook, a missing computer, and strange noises under her house soon have her questioning everything she thought she knew.

With her job hanging by a thread, her son struggling to cope with his father’s death, and her four-star general father up for confirmation as the next Secretary of Defense, Georgie quickly finds herself tangled in a political intrigue that has no clear agenda and dozens of likely villains. Only one thing is clear: someone wants her dead too.

The more she digs for the truth, the fewer people she can trust.

Not her friends.

Not her parents.

Maybe not even herself.

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My Review

After the first chapter, I could not put the book down, except at night. The suspense and drama surrounding the untimely death of Georgie’s husband made my heart pound and my head spin as pieces of her normal life fall asunder leaving only lies. LIES. I started wondering about my life and all the things around me that seem normal to me. It was eerie. The knowledge the author portrays about the military, government, and science far exceeds my knowledge base. I felt a part of the investigation, inspecting under my bed for clues and suspects. To protect my dreams, I only read it during the day!

If you want a suspenseful read, this is a good choice for you. I couldn’t figure out the answers. Can you?

About the Author

SIRI-MITCHELL_headshot Mitchell is the author of 14 novels. She has also written 2 novels under the pseudonym of Iris Anthony. She graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and has worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri is a big fan of the semi-colon but thinks the Oxford comma is irritatingly redundant. Visit her online at sirimitchell.com; Facebook: SiriMitchell; Twitter: @SiriMitchell.

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A Sense of Place

I’m so excited about the release of State of Lies! Among the many reasons for my excitement is the fact that I set the story in my own home town: Arlington, VA. Here are some things you might not know about Arlington:

  1. Arlington was originally included within the borders of Washington, DC.
  2. Arlington isn’t actually a city – it’s a county. We’re the smallest self-governing county in the nation.
  3. Arlington regularly takes the top spot as the most educated place in the country.
  4. Arlington LOVES books. I count at least a dozen different little libraries in my neighborhood alone.
  5. Our region often has a hurricane warning or two every hurricane season. Can you guess where I’ve seen the longest lines when people start to make last-minute preparations? It’s not the grocery store; it’s not the hardware store. It’s the library! (Why wouldn’t you stock up on books too?)
  6. We host Arlington National Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial, and the Pentagon.
  7. We are home to the very first Five Guys hamburger joint location.
  8. We are also home to the headquarters of over a dozen national agencies as well as organizations like Rosetta Stone and Nestlé.
  9. People who attended our high schools include Sandra Bullock, Warren Beatty, Shirley MacLaine, Katie Couric, and Patch Adams.
  10. The thing I love most about Arlington? Its people. Countless government contractors members of the federal workforce live here. I number them among my friends and neighbors. I’ve never met a group more dedicated, more informed, or more determined to put their expertise to good use. And guess what? My heroine, Georgie Brennan, is one of them!

 

The Pentagon and Washington, DC

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