Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Review: Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard

Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard


Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He's committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn--one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he's failed her before. And if he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

Join bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth Goddard as she plunges you into a web of deceit made of hidden crimes, open threats, and long-buried family secrets in this gripping first book of an explosive new series.

My Review: 

Present Danger begins the Rocky Mountain Courage series by Elizabeth Goddard. Oh my goodness, what a fabulous start to this series it is. I thoroughly enjoyed Terra and Jack’s story. It was full of what I love in a book. There was adventure, action, danger, mystery, suspense and, of course, romance. I loved every single page. Since I was not easily able to predictable, it was not difficult to keep turning those pages until I read to the finish page. It was so very good. 

Present Danger will be getting a very well deserved five plus stars from me. It may be my favorite book I have read by Elizabeth Goddard to date. I can not wait to read the next book from the Rocky Mountain Courage series, Deadly Target.

I received a paperback copy of Present Danger from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Blog Tour: Melanin Brown Discovers America by Candice Davis

Join us for this tour from Apr 6 to Apr 19, 2021!

Book Details:
Book TitleMelanin Brown Discovers America by Candice Davis
CategoryMiddle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  96 pages
Genre: Early Chapter/Middle Grade
Release date:  April 2021
Content RatingG.

Book Description:

Melanin Brown is a girl far beyond her years who observes a brand new student being bullied at her school because of his ethics. This causes her to feel distressed, uncomfortable, and the treatment does not sit right with her. As she is given guidance from her parents, friends, and teachers, she also leans on her desire to treat people in the same manner in which she would want to be treated. Melanin finds how to confront disparate difficult situations while simultaneously navigating her own sense of truth and justice.

Melanin is the friend we all wish was in our group when we were in school. Kind, sincere, and smart, Melanin is a leader for our times whose compassion knows no bounds. Open these pages and accompany Melanin on her path to self-confidence!

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Meet the Author:

Candice Davis is a middle school Special Education Teacher in Washington, D.C., with a background in film. She started her career in education as a Curriculum and Personnel Specialist, writing grants and proposals. Due to her desire to have more of a direct impact with disadvantaged students, she transitioned into teaching. This is Davis’s debut book. She holds a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology with a focus in Social Foundations from the University of Virginia and a BA in Film and Video Studies from George Mason University.

Tour Schedule:

Apr 6 –
Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight
Apr 6 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Apr 7 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight
Apr 8 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book spotlight
Apr 9 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight
Apr 12 – The Book Review Crew – book spotlight
Apr 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight
Apr 14 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight
Apr 15 – Laura's Interests – book spotlight
Apr 16- Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight
Apr 19 - Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight



Monday, April 12, 2021

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Madeleine: Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans by Wanda Maureen Miller

Wanda Maureen Miller

on Tour April 12-16 with 
  Madeleine Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans      

Madeleine: Last French Casquette Bride In New Orleans

(historical fiction/romance) Release date: April 1st, 2021 at Atmosphere Press 272 pages Goodreads 📚📚📚

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In 1728, beautiful, resourceful Madeleine Boucher is one of the last in a group of poor young girls given modest dowries in trunks, or casquettes, by the French government—then shipped off to America, where they are intended as wives for the French settlers in the Louisiana Territory. Despite a series of romantic travails, Madeleine remains dedicated to finding passion and securing the promise of her new adopted land, free from prejudices of the past.


Excerpt from Chapter 4

Madeleine recoiled at his crudeness and shrugged out of his grip, only to fall against the railing as a huge wave drenched the decks. With one hand, Captain Beauchamp grabbed her around the waist to keep her from falling down the ladder; the other he kept on the railing. This time she did not protest. The two of them swayed in the wind taking comfort from each other’s warmth. Madeleine, who had never been in a man’s arms before, was amazed at how pleasant it was to lean against his hard chest.

“Madeleine,” he said gruffly, “why are you on this voyage to that godforsaken Louisiana territory? You are beautiful and clever enough to find a husband in France, even if you are not a de Mandeville.”

Madeleine stiffened in shock but remained in the protection of his arm. To his surprise, she did not pretend ignorance or indignation but asked with resignation, “How did you know?”

“I seem to recall the boarding clerk mistaking your name on the day we left. I was watching, do you not remember? I looked over the Company’s register of names. I have a copy in my cabin. There is no de Mandeville, only a Madeleine Boucher, serf’s daughter and servant of the de Mandevilles.”

Madeleine paled at his words. She lifted her head and tried to look at him in the darkness. The captain could feel her breath on his chin. If he lowered his head, he thought, he could kiss her. 

“What do you intend to do, Monsieur? What do you want from me? I will not beg you to keep my secret.” Nor will I give myself to you, she thought, straining away from his body as much as she could in his tight grip, but he did not let go.

“You silly chit, what do you think I want?” he bellowed. “Do you think I have to blackmail women into my bed? I don’t give a damn if you are the Queen of France or a woman of the streets. Mon Dieu, I don’t blame you for taking advantage of someone else’s mistake. That was quick thinking. Our countrymen in Louisiana are as class snobbish as they are in France.”

Madeleine relaxed in his arms again, “Then why did you not continue to pretend? Why did you shame me?”

“Ma petite, there is no shame in trying to be better than people think you are. The colonies are a good place to make a new start, but the French will forgive any lie except about family. That is sacred. Do you think you can carry it off?”

“Oui, I can carry it off. I must carry it off. I will never bow and scrape to anyone again.” She thought bitterly of her days at the estate.

The captain rumbled a low laugh in his chest, “I do believe you can. At any rate, no one will ever learn your secret from me.”

“Merci, Captain,” Madeleine lifted her head and grazed his cheek with her lips. 

Madeleine Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans_Wanda Maureen Miller


(or Mo) grew up on an Arkansas farm in the 1940s and 1950s, got educated, moved to California, and taught college English. She has published six books —a historical romance, The French (1983); three textbooks, Reading Faster and Understanding More, Books 1, 2, and 3 (5 editions, 1976 to 2001); her slightly fictionalized memoir, Last Trip Home (2018); and now Book 1: Madeleine, Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans. Retired, she plays pickle-ball and is working on Book 2: Solange, Daughter of Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans. To find our more, please visit her website, and follow her on Facebook Visit the publisher, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter
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My Review

I thought Madeleine: Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans to be a really good read. It is, also, the first book I have read by Wanda Maureen Miller and it will not be the last. I loved being transported back in time to the early eighteenth century. I enjoyed getting to know Madeleine. She grew on me more and more throughout the story. 
Madeleine: Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans will be getting a very well deserved five plus stars from me. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading historical romance. I will be looking forward to reading more by Wanda Maureen Miller in the future. This one should definitely not to be missed. 

I received a paperback copy of Madeleine: Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Operation Grendel by Daniel Shwabauer

About the Book

Book:  Operation Grendel

Author: Daniel Shwabauer

Genre: Christian Fiction, Futuristic Action & Adventure

It’s the war story he’s dreamed of. But the battle may cost him his mind.

Military journalist Raymin Dahl thinks he’s finally getting the story of a lifetime. Secret peace talks on a remote tropical moon are about to surrender five colonized worlds—and six hundred million civilians—to a ruthless enemy.

But when his commanding officer, Captain Ansell Sterling, is fatally wounded before the negotiations can begin, Dahl can no longer just report on the mission. He’s ordered to complete it. With help from the AI embedded in Sterling’s comms bracelet, Dahl must impersonate his commander—a Marine Corps hero and psychological operations expert.

However, Sterling’s AI may be luring him to surrender more than he realizes. And the mission Corporal Dahl thinks he’s running isn’t the only operation underway.

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About the Author

Daniel Schwabauer, M.A., is a lifelong reader of speculative fiction. He studied the genre under science fiction great James Gunn before graduating with honors from Kansas University’s Masters program in Creative Writing in 1995. Winner of the Eric Hoffer and Ben Franklin awards for his middle grade fantasy series, The Legends of Tira-Nor, Daniel enjoys riding his motorcycle on country roads and pondering other worlds. He lives in Kansas City with his wife and dog.

More from Daniel

The Operation Grendel Origin Story
I’ve always been fascinated by the power of storytelling, especially as a lever for moving culture.  For several years I studied the development of modern propaganda, the rise and fall of yellow journalism, and the relationship of these to psychological warfare. This culminated in 2017 with a brief investigation into quantum computing and the rising popularity of trans-humanism. Sometimes the best story ideas are combinations of things that have rattled around in the back of your mind for years.
Operation Grendel is a keyhole glimpse of a future in which every person in the galaxy is bonded to an artificial intelligence. Some AIs are embedded in the brain, and some are snapped onto the wrist as a wearable device. I didn’t realize when I started writing the book that Elon Musk had already launched Neuralink to create this technology in real life. I discovered the corporation after finishing my fourth draft.
The use of this technology probably means a lack of autonomy. How can you think for yourself, or even know what you think, if your thoughts are constantly being shaped and influenced by a quantum computer wirelessly connected to your brain?
Then again, is that all we really are as humans—biological computers? I don’t think so. But if not, then there will surely be resistance to the trans-humanist movement. Which means, in a work of fiction, clearly opposing sides. One empire supports this integration of man and machine; the other places limits on AI technology.
But “warring empires” was not a story I felt capable of telling. I wanted something closer to home, something smaller and more accessible, something more human. I wanted to show what a life spent entirely under the influence of an inner nanny—a substitute Holy Spirit—might look like.
Well, who better to tell that story than a man who has, in his own way, been manipulating others through storytelling? In other words, a journalist.
This fit my desire to write the story as military science fiction. Since I never had the honor of serving in the armed forces, I needed a way to give my narrator a believable voice. Corporal Raymin Dahl, a military reporter who barely scraped his way through reservist boot camp, fit the bill.
Before long the story seemed to take on a life of its own.


To celebrate his tour, Daniel is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon card, a signed copy of the hardcover first edition, and 2 laptop stickers!! (photo attached)

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


My Review

Operation Grendel is the first book I have read by Daniel Schwabauer. I am not a huge fan of reading the science fiction genre. I sometimes have a hard time keeping up with these types of novels but this one was easier to follow. There is a lot going on within the pages. There was adventure, action, mystery and suspense. It was far from being predictable and I never knew what would happen next. There were a few of twists that I did not see coming. Even though it is not my usual read, I did find it worth a reading and would be interested in more by this author. 

I am giving Operation Grendel three stars. I would recommend it for readers who enjoy reading clean science fiction. 

I received a paperback copy of Operation Grendel from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Texas Trails by Caryl McAdoo

About the Book

Texas Trails

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: March 6, 2021

The steps of a righteous man are guided by the Lord.

Rife with adventure, this rights-of-passage story comes to life as Enoch Lowell and his best friend Gus strike out to Kansas with their herd of beeves, hoping to earn a profit and cut the apron strings. What they find on the prairie changes their lives forever. Promises made, promises kept, but nowhere is it written there can’t be a happy ending for all. A true Texas trail tale to warm your heart!   

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About the Author

Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over fifty-five published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen at YouTube. Sharing four children and nineteen grandsugars (three greats), Caryl and Ron (her high-school-sweetheart-husband of over fifty years) live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.

More from Caryl

Get along little doggie!

TEXAS TRAILS is the sixth novel in the Cross Timbers Family Saga series. I’d never written much about being on a cattle drive and thought it would be great fun. Back in the Texas Romance Family Saga series, Charley Nightingale made several trips to Kansas with a herd and took his son Nathaniel, but I skipped over the actual drive part.

Readers first met co-hero Enoch Lowell in QUINCY & PRISCILLA then got to know him better in DUPLICITY At The Lowell House when his best friend Gus Hale (TEXAS TRAIL’s other co-hero) is introduced. Both those stories are set in 1866. For TEXAS TRAILS, it’s three years later, and Enoch is ready to declare himself a man and start earning his own way. Driving a bunch of cows up to Kansas sounds like the ticket to cut his mother’s apron strings and earn some dollars in the process.

The son of Morgan and Charity O’Neal Lowell (LEAVING TEXAS, book four) and grandson of Liberty O’Neal Harrell (GONE TO TEXAS, book one) talks Gus into going with him, and as partners, they start building a herd. All the while, Charity is pitching a fit as her plan for her firstborn includes Harvard University.

One thing I loved about this story is that Morgan sets it up—behind the scenes of course—for trusted men to take in his son and Gus on their trail drive. Enters the infamous Texas Ranger Levi Baylor (Texas Romance Family Saga book two HEARTS STOLEN) and the boy he reared as his own (grown now), Charley Nightingale!

I already love those two men from my earlier Texas Romance Family Saga series—just as my readers do—and totally relished their appearance in this story! Revisiting old beloved friends brings great joy to this author, in real life and my fictitious world!! I adore crossing these characters over the two series!

So many things are apt to happen out on the prairie that cowboys never expect. There are rivers to cross and the natives to deal with, some who pose real danger to life and limbs! Cows birth calves, storms descend, and herds stampede, but that’s not all that can make a cowboy’s days rough. Enoch’s and Gus’s lives are definitely changed forever on the out there on the trail.

I’m thinking if I were a younger woman, I would totally enjoy going along on their cattle drive! How about you?

Blog Stops

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, April 7

Simple Harvest Reads, April 7 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Lakesidelivingsite, April 8

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, April 9

Connie’s History Classroom, April 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 11

deb’s Book Review, April 12

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 14

For Him and My Family, April 15

Texas Book-aholic, April 16

Inklings and notions, April 17

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 18

Splashes of Joy, April 19

Pause for Tales, April 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 20


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.


My Review

Texas Trails is the sixth installment from Caryl McAdoo’s Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga. I have had the pleasure of reading the previous books and this one does not disappoint. Even though this is part of a saga, I believe it can be read as a stand alone. This one is probably my favorite of the saga to date. It was so so good. I loved getting to know Enoch and Gus. It was great going on this adventure with them. The story beautifully gives the element of faith that I found to be moving. 

Texas Trails will be getting a very well deserved five stars from me. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy reading clean and inspiring historical fiction. As always, I look forward to reading more by Caryl McAdoo. 

I received a copy of Texas Trails from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Your Home in Heaven by Donna Wyland and Lynn Marie Davis

About the Book

Your Home in Heaven

Author: Donna Wyland and Lynn Marie Davis

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Release date: October 2020

Children will delight in God’s promise of heaven as Jesus build their imaginary home

In this colorful book that reminds them of his great love. Your Home in Heaven…

  • Teaches about God’s promise of heaven.
  • Comforts through the truth of eternal life in heaven with Jesus.
  • Encourages godly living as children learn the fruit of the Spirit.
  • Draws children closer to God through eight Discussion Page questions.
  • Inspires children’s creativity as they imagine their own home in heaven.
Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Donna Wyland is an award-winning author, editor and coach whose personal essays and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. She is also an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation who specializes in coaching writers toward completion and publication of their own books.

As the author of two picture books, Your Home in Heaven (released October 2020) and If I Could Ask Jesus, and a gift book titled Surrender, Donna’s work encourages readers to draw near to God to experience His peace, love and hope.

Her first novel, Autumn’s Harmony, was also released in October 2020 and is a poignant and witty tale about the healing power of forgiveness, reconciliation, and new beginnings. It is the first in a series of three written for every woman who has ever desired to make sense of her past, find joy in the present, and discover God’s purpose for her future.

To learn more and to view coaching packages, visit www.freetobe.faith, or connect with Donna on LinkedIn, Instagram (@freetobe_writer_coach) and Pinterest.

More from Donna

Having lost three best friends at 16 and a younger brother at 18, God gave me a heart for heaven at an early age. He also filled me with a heart of joy. Your Home in Heaven reflects both.

Blog Stops

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 2

Bigreadersite, April 3

deb’s Book Review, April 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 4

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, April 5

Spoken from the Heart, April 5

Texas Book-aholic, April 6

Vicky Sluiter, April 7

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 7

Older & Smarter?, April 8

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 8

Inklings and notions, April 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 10

For Him and My Family, April 11

CarpeDiem, April 11

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 12

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, April 13

Lighthouse Academy, April 13 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Truth and GCrowdtap® - Homerace Homeschool Academy, April 14

Splashes of Joy, April 15

Maureen’s Musings, April 15


To celebrate her tour, Donna is giving away the grand prize package of a hardcover copy of the book, stuffed puppy and cardboard house to color and fold, and a $25 Target gift card!!

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


My Review

Your Home in Heaven by Donna Wyland is a wonderful book for children. It inspires and teaches them about Heaven, God, and Jesus. It shows them the promises of eternal life and where we go after passing away. There are, also, discussion questions that will help them have a better understanding about Heaven.

Your Home in Heaven is illustrated by the talented Lynne Marie Davis. These colorful pictures visually complete the book. They perfectly keep little ones attention throughout.

Your Home in Heaven will be getting a well deserved five plus stars from me. I highly recommend it for readers who are between the ages of four and nine years old. I believe it can be a good gift to give for those who have lost a loved one, as well. 

I received Your Home in Heaven from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Bitter Betrayal by Rebecca Hemlock

About the Book

Book:  Bitter Betrayal

Author: Rebecca Hemlock

Genre: Adventure Suspense

Release date: November 2020

Escape. Murder. Secrets.

Scientist Luke Wilkins has always been one step ahead of Lee, his longtime rival. Luke and his best friend Josh start off on an expedition to Nunavut’s territory for an environmental study. All seems well until their plane crashes in the middle of nowhere. As Luke regains consciousness, he discovers that he’s being held prisoner by Lee and his men.

Luke has something that Lee wants. A ring that has been shrouded in mystery for centuries and Lee will do whatever it takes to get it. Luke fears that he will never see his family or friends again unless he hands it over.

Lee will stop at nothing until the ring is his, but would he go as far as murder?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Rebecca Hemlock has written stories her entire life. She always knew she wanted to be a writer. That dream became a reality for her in 2016 when she landed her first job writing for her local newspaper. That same year, she was able to publish a children’s book under the pen name R.C. Burch.  With a little help from some wonderful people, Rebecca  was able to move forward in her writing career.

Rebecca published two more children’s books the following year, but children’s fiction was only the beginning. She self-published a novella in 2019, titled Bitter Betrayal, Arctic mysteries,  and completed her first novel in 2020. When she is not writing, Rebecca enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family.

Aside from being a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she is also a member of Sister in Crime. Rebecca has a degree in English and a certificate in Creative Writing and is also pursuing a degree in Creative Writing.

More from Rebecca

This book was so much fun to write. There are so many places in this world that have been barely touched by man. I took an interest in Northern Canadian culture after watching a documentary about how the Vikings first settled there.

After reading through the different artifacts that have been found there, Bitter Betrayal was born. I knew this would make a tremendous mystery-suspense story. Whenever I start a Mystery Suspense book, I usually like to add a dash of romance with a historical twist.

Luke Wilkins is someone that most single dads can relate to. He has a difficult time trusting other people. Especially when it comes to his son, Adam. He must trust those around him if he’s going to stay alive.

Bitter Betrayal teeters on the concept of how far someone would go for what they want. If you love Clive Cussler as much as I do, then this Novella is for you.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 3

Pause for Tales, April 3

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, April 4

Through the Fire Blogs, April 5

A Modern Day Fairy Tale , April 6

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 7

Mary Hake, April 7

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 9

Texas Book-aholic, April 10

Inklings and notions, April 11

Blogging With Carol, April 11

Older & Smarter?, April 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 13

For Him and My Family, April 14

CarpeDiem, April 14

deb’s Book Review, April 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 16


To celebrate her tour, Rebecca 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.


My Review

Bitter Betrayal begins the Arctic Mysteries by Rebecca Hemlock. It is, also, my first introduction to her books. At under one hundred fifty pages, it is a fast read. There is mystery and suspense. The story is slightly predictable but still worth a reading. I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen to Luke. It took no time find out if my predictions were correct, as it only took me a couple of hours to read the whole book.

Bitter Betrayal will be getting three and a half stars from. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading quick and clean mysteries. I look forward to seeing what happens next in the Arctic Mysteries. I am curious to find out where Rebecca Hemlock’s imagination will take her readers to next. 

I received a paperback copy of Bitter Betrayal from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.