Celebrate Lit Tour – To Steal a Heart by Jen Turano

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About the Book

Book: To Steal A Heart

Author: Jen Turano

Genre: Comedic Historical Romance

Release Date: November, 2020

To Steal a Heart

After spending her childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she’d put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. Using her old skills to prove her friend’s innocence, Gabriella unexpectedly encounters Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend–until he abandoned her.

After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agrees to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he’d be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.

As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step.

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About the Author

Jen

Named one of the funniest voices in inspirational romance by BooklistJen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publishers Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. She and her family live outside of Denver, Colorado.

More from Jen

“To Steal a Heart” is the first book in a new series. How did you come up with the idea for this series?

Oddly enough, this series was inspired by a lot of different things. I keep this idea box, and whenever I stumble on something interesting, I throw the idea into the box. When I was getting ready to assemble a proposal for a new series, I took out the box and began rifling through it. Unfortunately, nothing struck my fancy. What did strike my fancy though, was the movie “My Fair Lady.” I’d recently watched it for the millionth time, and I thought…hmmm…what could I do with that? Well, I didn’t want to do a recreation of “My Fair Lady” and that’s when it hit me – what if I used a gentleman instead of a lady and improved his circumstances in life with the help of a professor? That wasn’t really enough, though, for me to formulate an entire series, but then I went to New York City for a research trip. While there, I roamed around Bleecker Street for hours. It was the perfect place to set a series, and then I saw this older building that my tour guide thought might have once been a boardinghouse. That was what really started me thinking, and before I knew it, I’d created an inquiry agency run by women that came about when a resident of a boardinghouse was unjustly accused of theft. When the police would not investigate further, believing they had the true culprit behind bars, the ladies who lived in the boardinghouse felt compelled to step up and clear their fellow boardinghouse resident of the charges brought against her. The series took off from there, the first book centering around one of the lady inquiry agents, Miss Gabriella Goodhue, who used to live on the mean streets of the Lower East Side and, at one point in her life, was best friends with Nicholas Quinn, the man who has now found his circumstances vastly improved from the time he knew Gabriella. Throwing the two of them back together made for an interesting storyline, especially since Gabriella believes Nicholas abandoned her all those years ago, which makes it next to impossible for her to trust him.

Are there other interesting characters in this series?

Of course. All of the lady inquiry agents come with their own secrets. Miss Daphne Beekman is a reclusive author who lives in the attic of the boardinghouse. She has the propensity to faint at the drop of a hat, which makes for a few amusing scenes in the first book. She’ll get her own story in “To Write a Wrong,” coming out later in 2021. Then there’s Eunice Holbrooke. She’s the owner of the boardinghouse, and she only wears full mourning garb, covering her face with numerous veils and refusing to speak to anyone about her past. Clearly, there’s a mystery just waiting to be solved there, one that will be solved in book three, which I’m just now beginning to work on. The other residents of the boardinghouse provide a lot of color to the story, from the two sisters who work as paid companions by day to gossip collectors and carriage drivers by night, to the resident artist, Miss Judith, who has recently decided to dip her toe into the portrait market even though she’s really not proficient with painting people. There’s also a one-eyed, patch-wearing dog by the name of Winston, a parrot that likes to nick sparkly items named Pretty Girl, and a neurotic poodle that falls for Winston that goes by the name of Precious.

Did the pandemic affect the writing process at all for “To Steal a Heart?”

Luckily, I had already turned in the book before the pandemic hit. With that said, though, I then had to do some of the edits during the first few months of the pandemic. That was interesting. I have very specific conditions I need in order to write and edit and having Al (the husband person) working from home isn’t one of those conditions. It took me far longer than it normally does to complete the editing process, which threw off my schedule for the next book in the series, “To Write a Wrong.” Drastic measures were needed. That’s why I’m now the proud owner of a she-shed. Al thought I was joking when I first broached the subject of a she-shed, but after I had my millionth meltdown, he decided that might be a really good idea. Turns out sheds are in high demand at the moment, so getting a shed in a timely fashion wasn’t possible. It took 6 weeks for us to get a shed delivered and then we had to frame the inside and put up a ceiling and walls. I was not actually very involved with that process because I’m a danger to everyone surrounding me when nail guns are being used. 🙂 I did paint the outside of the shed, then painted the inside. Of course the air conditioning unit I had to order was delayed, so I painted in 100 degree heat. Lost about five pounds doing that, so…unexpected bonus there. I just recently finished decorating the inside, and I’m typing this interview from my new space. I’m thinking I’m going to call it “Jen’s Novel Nook” but that might change, so don’t quote me on that.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Just that I hope everyone is surviving these crazy days. I know there are many people out there who are suffering from many different problems this pandemic has caused. Know that you’re not alone, and that brighter days will show up again. Until that time, try to remember to smile and, perhaps, read a few books.

Wishing all of you the very best!

Jen

My Thoughts

What a delightful novel!  Let’s be honest, I love everything that Jen Turano writes, but I do think that she continues to get better and better with every fun series!  I love the quirky characters and humorous dialogue, not to mention the hilarious escapades our hero and heroine find themselves in on a regular basis.  This novel also has a bit of mystery as they attempt to solve a crime, which adds additional depth to the story.  I also loved the growth of the characters, both individually and together, and enjoyed the integration of spiritual themes.  I really liked this book and look forward to more in the series!

I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from Celebrate Lit Tours.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 17

Soulfully Romantic, November 17

Hebrews 12 Endurance, November 17

Blessed & Bookish, November 17

Robin’s Nest, November 17

Through the Fire Blogs, November 18

The Avid Reader, November 18

Losing the Busyness, November 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 18

She Lives To Read, November 19

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 19

Wishful Endings, November 19

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 19

Artistic Nobody, November 20 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

lakesidelivingsite, November 20

21st Century Keeper at Home, November 20

Reviewingbooksplusmore, November 20

The Write Escape, November 20

Older & Smarter?, November 21

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 21

Christian Bookaholic, November 21

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 21

The Christian Fiction Girl, November 22

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 22

Mia Reads, November 22

Writing from the Heart Land, November 22

Betti Mace, November 23

Inklings and notions, November 23

Blogging With Carol, November 23

Life of Literature, November 23

Texas Book-aholic, November 24

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 24

Southern Gal Loves to Read, November 24

Batya’s Bits, November 24

Joanne Markey’s blog, November 24

For Him and My Family, November 25

Inside the Wong Mind, November 25

Mary Hake, November 25

Godly Book Reviews, November 25

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, November 26

EmpowerMoms, November 26

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 26

Novels Corner, November 26

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 27

Connie’s History Classroom, November 27

Captive Dreams Window, November 27

Book of Ruth Ann, November 27

deb’s Book Review, November 28

Blossoms and Blessings, November 28

Daysong Reflections, November 28

Bigreadersite, November 28

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, November 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 29

Splashes of Joy, November 29

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, November 29

Simple Harvest Reads, November 29 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Vicky Sluiter, November 30

Pause for Tales, November 30

Spoken from the Heart, November 30

Hallie Reads, November 30

And now… a giveaway!

To celebrate her tour, Jen is giving away the grand prize package of copy of To Steal a Heart, plus all three books in the American Heiresses series and a 30 second mystery kit (Link: https://amzn.to/3nqrIpC)!!

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/103a4/to-steal-a-heart-celebration-tour-giveaway

Thanks for stopping by!

Besotted by Jody Hedlund

Queen Aurora of Mercia is hiding as a peasant in the secluded Inglewood Forest from the evil Queen Margery, who is determined to harm her.  There she meets a mysterious woodcutter, who is also concealing his identity as Prince Kresten of Scania.  As Queen Margery closes in, intent on killing Queen Aurora, Prince Kresten desperately tries to save Aurora before it is too late.

What an exciting end to a fantastic series!  I have enjoyed every one of these stories, rich with enchanting settings, captivating characters, and clean romance.  This novel also incorporated sweet moments of faithfulness and hope woven among the suspense of the evil Queen determined to harm Princess Aurora.  The characters once again were easy to love and it did not take long for me to develop a fierce loyalty to the sweet Aurora and the arrogant but tender Kresten.  This story is based on the Sleeping Beauty fairytale but with a surprising twist!  I greatly enjoyed the novel and have truly loved every one of these stories.  I am sorry to see the series end!  This book is highly recommended not only to young adults, but also to readers of all ages!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Rocky Mountain Revelation by Lisa J. Flickinger

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About the Book

Book: Rocky Mountain Revelation

Author: Lisa J. Flickinger

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: November 3, 2020

Rocky Mountain Revelation

A Rocky Mountain logging camp may be just the place to start her new life.

Widowed at nineteen, Madeline Lamb seeks to find a new husband amongst the crew of the Rocky Mountain log drive. With a baby growing inside her, she has no choice. She signs on as cook’s helper, and it soon becomes apparent her options for a mate are limited. Madeline’s grieving heart wavers between the security an older man offers and the tender feelings a new crew member stirs.

Will Matheson earned the chance to work the high-paying spring log drive. The boon ensures he can recoup the logging wages stolen by a pretty face with some fast fingers. Frustration builds when the boss pulls him from the river and assigns him the job of camp chore boy. If it wasn’t for the pretty cook’s helper, he’d take the first train home.

When the dangers of the river journey prove more treacherous than anyone expects, the budding attraction between Will and Madeline is put to the test. If they survive the adventure, life as they know it will never be the same.

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About the Author

2019 Lisa J Flickinger

Lisa J. Flickinger lives and writes from the cliff of a river along the majestic Rocky Mountains. When not writing or reading, you will find her scouring antique shops or sipping a maple latte with friends and family. To learn more about her other books, visit www.lisajflickinger.com.

More from Lisa

When I research a new novel, I love to find obscure facts about the setting. My study of the old time river drives for Rocky Mountain Revelation led me to a particularly tasty morsel.  The river crews were served massive amounts of food over four meals to make up for all the energy expended transporting logs in the frigid water. Often, their meals included donuts.

Yes, donuts! However, we’re not talking about the scrumptious treat picked up at your local bakery or grocery store. These donuts were cooked over an open fire in the backwoods. Yum.

Picture what they call a tin kitchen, a small boxy metal contraption, set over a blazing fire. The cook would place a wide mouthed aluminum basin on top and fill it with cooking oil. When the oil reached the perfect temperature he would drop the batter into the oil using a ladle. The piping hot donuts would be rolled in sugar when they were cooked and served to the crew fresh from the fire. A half whiskey barrel of donuts could disappear in just one meal. Several times a day, the cook would travel downstream by raft and repeat the process.

Will, the hero of Rocky Mountain Revelation, finds his sweetheart Madeleine particularly pretty with flour up to her elbows. However, he grows tired of the mounds of donuts and by the end of the drive attempts to trade them for the cook’s fluffy biscuits.

Enjoy the trip downriver with Will, Madeline…and the donuts.

Dear reader, enjoy!

My Thoughts

This historical fiction novel takes you to the wilderness of a log drive with ease as the author does a great job describing the setting of the story.  It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but it was an enjoyable read once I was deeper into the novel.  There is development of suspense in the book that made it harder to put down as I got further into the story.  I liked the characters in this story better than the first in the series, although Madeline did frustrate me quite a few times.  The novel can stand-alone but you do get more background on the characters if you read the series in order.  Overall, this is a good book and I look forward to reading more about the characters in the next installment!

I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from Celebrate Lit Tours.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Blog Stops

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 5

Artistic Nobody, November 5 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Vicky Sluiter, November 6

Inklings and notions, November 7

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 7

For Him and My Family, November 8

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 9

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess., November 10

Genesis 5020, November 10

Texas Book-aholic, November 11

Life of Literature, November 11

Older & Smarter?, November 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 13

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 13

Betti Mace, November 14

deb’s Book Review, November 14

Blossoms and Blessings, November 15

Labor Not in Vain, November 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 16

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 17

Daysong Reflections, November 17

Connie’s History Classroom, November 18

And now… a giveaway!

To celebrate her tour, Lisa is giving away the grand prize of a $50 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/10354/rocky-mountain-revelation-celebration-tour-giveaway

Thanks for stopping by!

The Red Canary by Rachel Scott McDaniel

Nightclub singer Vera Pembroke finds herself in danger after her manager at the club is found dead.  She is forced to hide with Sergeant Mike Forest in the Allegheny Forest, a man who hates her profession and is constantly annoyed at her spunky independence.  However, despite their bickering, Vera and Mike must work together to find the killer and solve the murder before it is too late.

The Red Canary is a fantastic blend of a fierce intelligent heroine, a dependable stoic hero, and the dazzle of the roaring 20s.  I really enjoyed the dichotomy of the main characters and loved their banter and interactions.  I also liked their growth throughout the story.  There is also some great suspense and mystery woven in the book that made it easy for me to be drawn into the novel and made it difficult to put down!  The author’s ability to weave details in her stories cause them to come alive and make them so much fun to read.  There are also spiritual truths in the book that are relatable and real.  I greatly enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this wonderful author!  Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Gentleman Jim by Mimi Matthews – Austen Prose Blog Tour

About the Book

Title: Gentleman Jim: A Tale of Romance and Revenge

Author: Mimi Matthews

Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Regency Romance

Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press

Publication date: November 10, 2020

Length: 376 pages

Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1733056991

eBook ASIN:  B0842YLCNF

Austen Prose Blog Tour Dates: November 9 – December 6, 2020

Book Description

She Couldn’t Forget…
Wealthy squire’s daughter Margaret Honeywell was always meant to marry her neighbor, Frederick Burton-Smythe, but it’s bastard-born Nicholas Seaton who has her heart. Raised alongside her on her father’s estate, Nick is the rumored son of notorious highwayman Gentleman Jim. When Fred frames him for theft, Nick escapes into the night, vowing to find his legendary sire. But Nick never returns. A decade later, he’s long been presumed dead.

He Wouldn’t Forgive…
After years spent on the continent, John Beresford, Viscount St. Clare has finally come home to England. Tall, blond, and dangerous, he’s on a mission to restore his family’s honor. If he can mete out a bit of revenge along the way, so much the better. But he hasn’t reckoned for Maggie Honeywell. She’s bold and beautiful–and entirely convinced he’s someone else. As danger closes in, St. Clare is torn between love and vengeance. Will he sacrifice one to gain other? Or, with a little daring, will he find a way to have them both?

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Library JournalPublishers Weekly, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats. Her next romance, The Siren of Sussex, will be out in 2022 from Berkley/Penguin Random House.

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My Thoughts

I greatly enjoyed this Regency romance novel by Mimi Matthews!  I loved the characters and I really liked how they knew each other from childhood—it made their relationship even deeper and more believable.  I particularly loved St. Clare and his courageous, romantic self.  The growth of the characters was very well done.  I was drawn into the book from the very first chapter and the novel kept my attention until the last page!  I liked the mystery woven among the historical details of the Regency era. The ending was surprising but satisfying.  I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to more by this author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Perfectly Proper Press, courtesy of Austen Prose Tours with Laurel Ann Nattress.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Purchase Links

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Advance Praise

“Tartly elegant. . . A vigorous, sparkling, and entertaining love story with plenty of Austen-ite wit.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Matthews ups the ante with a wildly suspenseful romance…”— Library Journal, starred review

“Equally passionate and powerful…Mimi Matthews proves once again that she is a master of historical fiction in Gentleman Jim.”— Readers’ Favorite

“Rollicking and romantic, passionate and intriguing…Regency romance does not get any better than Gentleman Jim.”— Relz Reviewz

Blog Tour Information

Join the virtual blog tour of Gentleman Jim: A Tale of Romance and Revenge, Mimi Matthews’s highly acclaimed new historical romance novel, November 9 through December 6, 2020. Forty-five popular blogs specializing in historical fiction, historical romance, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with exclusive excerpts, interviews, spotlights, or reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in Somerset, England.

Nov 09 Relz Reviewz (Character Spotlight)

Nov 09 Life of Literature (Review) 

Nov 09 Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review)

Nov 10 Savvy Verse and Wit (Interview) 

Nov 10 Greenish Bookshelf (Review) 

Nov 11 Library of Clean Reads (Review) 

Nov 11 Silver Petticoat Reviews (Excerpt) 

Nov 12 Bookworm Lisa (Review) 

Nov 12 Heidi Reads (Review) 

Nov 13 Lu’s Reviews (Review) 

Nov 14 The Green Mockingbird (Review) 

Nov 15 Bookish Rantings (Review) 

Nov 15 The Lit Bitch (Review) 

Nov 16 The Historical Fiction Reader (Review) 

Nov 16 Austenesque Reviews (Review) 

Nov 17 Inkwell Inspirations (Review) 

Nov 17 Robin Loves Reading (Review) 

Nov 18 Christian Chick’s Thoughts (Review) 

Nov 18 My Jane Austen Book Club (Excerpt) 

Nov 19 Laura’s Reviews (Review) 

Nov 20 Jorie Loves a Story (Spotlight)

Nov 20 Foxes and Fairy Tales (Review) 

Nov 21 Gwendalyn’s Books (Excerpt) 

Nov 22 Romantically Inclined Reviews (Review) 

Nov 22 Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review) 

Nov 22 Vesper’s Place (Spotlight)

Nov 23 Fiction Aficionado (Review) 

Nov 23 Historical Fiction with Spirit (Review) 

Nov 24 Let Them Read Books (Interview) 

Nov 25 The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Review)

Nov 25 So Little Time… (Spotlight)

Nov 27 Among the Reads (Review)

Nov 28 Chicks, Rogues and Scandals (Review)

Nov 29 Book Bustle (Review) 

Nov 30 Cup of Tea with that Book Please (Review)

Dec 01 Nurse Bookie (Review) 

Dec 02 Confessions of a Book Addict (Review) 

Dec 02 Impressions in Ink (Review) 

Dec 03 From Pemberley to Milton (Review) 

Dec 04 Relz Reviewz (Review) 

Dec 04 Rosanne E. Lortz (Review) 

Dec 05 Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review) 

Dec 05 Probably at the Library (Review)

Dec 06 The Calico Critic (Excerpt)

Thanks for stopping by!

Celebrate Lit Tour – The Red Ribbon by Pepper Basham

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About the Book

Book: The Red Ribbon

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Christian historical/suspense

Release Date: October 2020

Red Ribbon

An Appalachian Feud Blows Up in 1912

Book 8 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

In Carroll County, a corn shucking is the social event of the season, until a mischievous kiss leads to one of the biggest tragedies in Virginia history. Ava Burcham isn’t your typical Blue Ridge Mountain girl. She has a bad habit of courtin’ trouble, and her curiosity has opened a rift in the middle of a feud between politicians and would-be outlaws, the Allen family. Ava’s tenacious desire to find a story worth reporting may land her and her best friend, Jeremiah Sutphin, into more trouble than either of them planned. The end result? The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.

About the Author

PepperBasham

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She’s a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains where her family have lived for generations. She’s the mom of five kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus, and proud AlleyCat over at the award winning Writer’s Alley blog. Her debut historical romance novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in April 2015, and the second in February 2016. Her first contemporary romance debuted in April 2016.

More from Pepper

Feuds, Moonshine, and Family Loyalties by Pepper Basham

My upcoming release for Barbour’s True Colors series is really close to my heart…and pretty close to my house.

The Red Ribbon, my first foray into a historical suspense novel, takes place in the county where I grew up. Carroll County, Virginia, is a county on the border of Virginia and North Carolina, not too far from Mt. Airy (Mayberry).  Nestled in the foothills and mountains of the Blue Ridge, it is a part of the Appalachian Mountains, and with that comes similar histories as other backwoods Appalachian communities: feuds, moonshine, and family loyalties.

One thing I love most about my Appalachian upbringing is the intense closeness of family – and when I say “family,” I mean, of course, my mom, dad, and brother, but also my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents…the whole “gang,” as my granny used to say.

The closeness of family, and the protection of the family name, is a big deal in Appalachia. There’s a lot of pride in the way your “name” is thought of throughout the community, so when someone insults your name, there’s a good chance the repercussions aren’t going to be pleasant. Especially back in the early 1900s, when The Red Ribbon takes place. In fact, insulting someone by “stealing a kiss” is one of the events that leads to The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre/Tragedy.

A long-time feud between the Allen family and the “Courthouse Clan” came to a head inside the Hillsville Courthouse in March 1912 and this event resulted in the largest shootout within a courthouse in Virginia history. The story followed with a nationwide manhunt and made national news until the sinking of the Titanic the following month.

Growing up in Carroll County, I knew a few things about this story. Rumors and whispers, really. Most folks didn’t talk about it because it still caused a stir among those who were descendants (because another thing about Appalachia is that families tend to stay on or around family land for generations). People still took “sides.” So, when I decided to write this book, I knew I was stepping into precarious territory. Not that anyone would start up a shootout nowadays because of a book, but because people still have some deep feelings about how their ancestors are portrayed in history, and since many of my family members still live in Carroll County, I wanted to tread carefully into the events of “The Allen Tragedy.”

What I discovered was a story that still held a whole lot of mystery even one hundred years later. Bullet holes still mark the courthouse steps from that fateful day, rumors still circulate about who was to blame, and no one knows who fired the first gunshot that began the tragic shooting.

I’m not a “scary” book writer or reader, but I love a good adventure, so this book takes the reader on an adventure into Appalachia to my neck of the woods, and follows the journey of Ava Burcham and Jeremiah Sutphin as they live among the illegal moonshiners, dirty cops, and mountain gunslingers of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

(To learn more about the true events of the Courthouse Tragedy, you can read about it here: https://roanoke.com/news/virginia/the-courthouse-tragedy-gunfight-in-hillsville-in-1912/article_45d0d7f3-6e1f-57c4-83be-fceb3d98dafd.html)

Have you ever read a book set in Appalachia? If so, what was the title and what did you learn about the Appalachian culture? Have you ever visited the Blue Ridge Mountains?

Let’s chat mountain people, mountain ways, and mountain books 😊

My Thoughts

I thought this fictional book about the very real Hillsville Courthouse Massacre was extremely fascinating! The history is well researched. The plot is attention grabbing with its complex storyline and interesting characters.  I think this is my first novel by this author, but I really enjoyed her writing style and will definitely be adding more of her books to my list!  I liked the plot twists in the novel and the romance was definitely clean but swoon worthy. It is very easy to become invested in the book and it is hard to put down.  I think this might be one of my favorites in this series!  Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from Celebrate Lit Tours.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 29

Fiction Aficionado, October 29

deb’s Book Review, October 29

Blossoms and Blessings, October 29

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, October 30

Texas Book-aholic, October 30

Blogging With Carol, October 30

Inklings and notions, October 31

Emily Yager, October 31

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 31

Hallie Reads, October 31

For Him and My Family, November 1

reviewingbooksplusmore, November 1

Christian Bookaholic, November 1

Betti Mace, November 2

Genesis 5020, November 2

For the Love of Literature, November 2

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess , November 2

Rebecca Tews, November 3

Robin’s Nest, November 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 3

Connect in Fiction, November 4

Older & Smarter?, November 4

To Everything There Is A Season, November 4

Artistic Nobody, November 4 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

21st Century Keeper at Home, November 5

By The Book, November 5

Remembrancy, November 5

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 6

Britt Reads Fiction, November 6

Life of Literature, November 6

Connie’s History Classroom, November 7

Splashes of Joy, November 7

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, November 7

A Reader’s Brain, November 8

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 8

Through the Fire Blogs, November 8

Godly Book Reviews, November 8

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, November 9

Bigreadersite, November 9

Where Faith and books Meet, November 9

Books I’ve Read, November 10

Just the Write Escape, November 10

Adventures of a Travelers Life, November 10

Amanda Tero, blog, November 11

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 11

Pause for Tales, November 11

And now… A Giveaway!

To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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While It Was Snowing by Tari Faris

Danielle Fair is a bit of a tomboy—she has grown up working on cars alongside her father and other men in the mechanic shop.  But when she is forced to dress up for Nate and Olivia’s winter wedding, she unexpectedly draws the attention of the men in town, including none other than her childhood best friend, Gideon Matthews.  Gideon has fallen in love with the person Danielle is, but her girly makeover takes away his breath and makes him fall in love with her all over again. The only problem is that every other guy in town suddenly has his heart set on her too.

This novella is one of those cozy Christmas reads that is best enjoyed with a fire and some hot chocolate!  The characters are fun and quirky, the setting is snowy and quaint, and the plot has romance and surprises that make it such a joy to read!  This novella can stand on its own, but it is enjoyable to read more about the characters from the first two books in the series if you are familiar with them.  The story is charming and sweet and a perfect read for the winter season.  I recommend this to those who enjoy contemporary romance novels!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

The Promised Land by Elizabeth Musser

Abbie Jowett tries to carefully plan her life, despite the recent hurdles of her son’s choices and her dad’s worsening health, but when her husband suddenly announces he is going to leave her, she feels like her life has completely unraveled.  Her son, Bobby Jowett, meets a beautiful girl in Austria and invites her to hike the French Camino with her, only to find out that his mother Abbie has decided to follow him to France.  Photojournalist Caroline Lefort meets Abbie and Bobby as she captures the lives of those hiking the Camino.  Together, all three of them learn to grow from their past and plan their hope in the One who can truly comfort them.

This novel is emotionally charged and deeply captivating!  I love Elizabeth Musser’s books because she does such a great job of capturing the essence of each of her characters and allowing the reader into their lives.  It was easy to be drawn into the story from the first chapter as I grew to love the characters and was pulled into their emotions.  The spiritual truths in the story are strong and relatable.  I particularly loved the theme of putting everything in God’s hands and trusting Him to work out the details.  This novel can easily be read as a stand alone, but it also interestingly ties in with two of Elizabeth Musser’s other works.  This author proves time and time again with every story she writes why she is one of my favorite authors.  This book is such a powerful novel full of depth, emotion, and truth!  I highly recommend it!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Nothing Short of Wondrous by Regina Scott

Widower Kate Tremaine is excited to hear that the US government has given the Cavalry control of Yellowstone in 1886, for the wilderness she has called home for many years is precious to her and she desires for it to be protected from vandals. Lieutenant William Prescott asks for Kate’s help in navigating the wilderness, but soon his own expertise is needed when Kate’s son is kidnapped by a poacher.  As William and Kate rush to save her son, they must lean on each other and on God to protect them against the dangers of Yellowstone.

I enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was delighted to read this second one!  I love the detailed, scenic descriptions of the sprawling wilderness of Yellowstone, and the author made it easy for me to envision the wild wilderness.  I liked the characters in this novel a lot and liked how tragedy brought them closer and developed them both individually and their relationship throughout the story. This book grabbed my attention with its action.  I think some of the plot is a little predictable, but I do not think that this detracts from the story overall.  I do not think you have to read this series in order but for more good historical fiction set in the enchanting wilderness, be sure to check out the first book as well! I look forward to the next book in the series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Softly Blows the Bugle by Jan Drexler

Elizabeth Kaufman knows she should feel grief when her husband dies at the Battle of Vicksburg in 1836, but instead she is relieved.  She does not wish to remarry and be at the mercy of a man ever again. Aaron Zook, injured from the war, is surprised to discover that the Amish life is enticing—as is the enchanting Elizabeth.  However, he has to prove to Elizabeth that he is willing to put her and her heart first.

I found this series very interesting as I learned about the Amish, and their pacifist views, during and after the Civil War.  We were introduced to Elizabeth in the first book in the series, so it was great to be able to read more about her in this third book.  I do recommend reading these books in order as the characters overlap during the series.  I think the romance was a little predictable, but nonetheless, I enjoyed reading about the characters’ growing relationship throughout the novel.  I liked the integration of spiritual themes.  The author is a gifted storyteller and has an ability to keep your attention.  Even though this is not my typical go-to genre, I still enjoyed this novel and have liked the series!  I recommend this book to those who love Amish fiction, or to those who wish to give this genre a try!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.