Thursday, November 30, 2017

Blog Tour: The White Lady by Beth Trissel

The White Lady
by Beth Trissel


GENRE:   Ghostly Holiday Time Travel Romance



Avery Dunham has always been ready to follow her friend, time-traveling wizard, Ignus Burke, on incredible adventures. This time, though, she has serious misgivings. It's just one week before Christmas, but she cannot get him to change his mind. The usually cool and collected magic-wielding leader is wholly obsessed by the portrait of the White Lady whom he is bent on rescuing.

Almost as soon as they begin their journey, it becomes clear their mission is a trap.

Avery was right: this adventure is not going to be like any other.



What had Mrs. Burke said about the smell of black magic? An acrid scent clung to the portrait. Avery could practically taste the bitterness on her tongue, and she’d scarfed the last dollop of Guy’s chocolate mousse. The chocolaty sweetness should linger, not this fetid whiff from the fumes of Mordor.

A slight exaggeration, perhaps, but the disagreeable odor went beyond the mustiness associated with the age of some things, mostly old books. And this was no antiquated leather-bound volume. Paintings didn’t generally reek. Had she grown more sensitive to the smell, or was the proximity of the portrait the reason she was affected? Or something far more ominous…

When/if they returned from this journey, she planned to toss her Highness into the fire, unless Mrs. Burke still objected to destroying the painting. Ignus was too entranced for a reasonable discussion. It was like Invasion of the Body Snatchers with him. Not entirely. He wasn’t deranged, but not himself.

Maybe if she hadn’t known him before his bewitchment, she wouldn’t be as aware of the alteration in his personality. He used to be a lot more fun.

She sought Stan’s reassuring presence. His hair might change color, and he didn’t need the glasses he wore to enhance his geekiness, but he remained steady.
“Here goes nothing, or freakin’ everything,” she said.

He eyed her from beneath his brown bowler. “Something, for sure. Whatever you do, for God’s sake, don’t blink.”

Her jaw dropped. “Not the Weeping Angels again? Are you thinking what I am?”

A smile twitched at his lips. “Great minds.”

“Don’t go there. Nothing could be worse than them.”

All humor faded from his face. “Never say never.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my people and furbabies. An avid gardener, I grow herbs and heirloom flowers and use them in my stories. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the Scots-Irish are at the heart of my inspiration. My English/Scots-Irish ancestors were among the earliest settlers in America. I write historical romance set in the colonial frontier (The Native American Warrior Series), and the American Revolution (The Traitor's Legacy Series), colonial American Christmas romance (A Warrior for Christmas) Georgian England romance (Into the Lion's Heart, the time and place of Poldark). Some of my historicals have ghosts and paranormal in them. I also write Young Adult shapeshifter, fantasy romance (The Secret Warrior Series), and New Adult paranormal time travel, time slip romance to the Scottish Highlands, the American Revolution, the Civil War, WW1.. (My Somewhere in Time and Ladies in Time Series.)

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The White Lady is book 2 from Beth Trissel's Ladies in Time series. Beth Trissel is among my favorite and must read authors. This book gives me another reason why I love her so much. It is only a little over 100 pages and I had no problem reading it in one sitting. Such a wonderful, magical and adventurous story. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next installment of the series.

I give The White Lady five stars and recommend it.

Great read!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Review: The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Blurb (from Amazon):

Judd Markley is a hardworking coal miner who rarely thinks much past tomorrow until he loses his brother--and nearly his own life--in a mine cave-in. Vowing never to enter the darkness of a mine again, he leaves all he knows in West Virginia to escape to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It's 1954, the seaside community is thriving, and Judd soon hires on with a timber company.

Larkin Heyward's life in Myrtle Beach is uncomplicated, mostly doing volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more--maybe moving to the hollers of Kentucky to help the poor children of Appalachia. But she's never even met someone who's lived there--until she encounters Judd, the newest employee at her father's timber company.

Drawn together in the wake of a devastating hurricane, Judd and Larkin each seek answers to what tomorrow will bring. As opposition rises against following their divergent dreams, they realize that it may take a miracle for them to be together.

My Review:

The Sound of Rain is an okay read for me. I liked how it began in West Virginia Appalachians with Judd. I was enjoying how it all began, but then when he moved away to South Carolina I was not as interested. The story seemed to slow down a bit while he was there. I really can not explain it, just felt like the connection with him was lost. I was relieved when he was introduced to Larkin. She  was not a likable character at first but she grew on me. I admired her determination to become her own person. I thought she carried the story much better and I was able to keep reading.

Overall, the Sound of Rain is worth a read and I give it three stars.

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Review: The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Blurb (from Amazon):

Outstanding Debut Novel from an Author to Watch

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives--including her own--are lost?

My Review: 

The House on Foster Hill is the debut novel by Jaime Jo Wright. And a wonderful debut it is! This book is amazing. I just cannot put into words how good it is. Full of suspense. Full of mystery. Full of adventure. Great setting. Great characters. Many twists. Many turns. What is there not to like?
I cannot wait to see other stories Jaime Joe Wright comes up with next. The House on Foster Hill is fabulous.

Highly recommended!

5+ stars.

I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Blog Tour and Giveaway: There Is Always A Tomorrow by Anna Belfrage

There is Always a Tomorrow by Anna Belfrage

Publication Date: November 5, 2017
Timelight Press
eBook & Paperback; ISBN: 9781788039666
Series: Graham Saga, Book #9
Genre: Historical Fiction/Time-Slip
There is Always a Tomorrow is the ninth book in Anna Belfrage’s time slip series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham. It is 1692 and the Colony of Maryland is still adapting to the consequences of Coode’s Rebellion some years previously. Religious tolerance in the colony is now a thing of the past, but safe in their home, Alex and Matthew Graham have no reason to suspect they will become embroiled in the ongoing religious conflicts—until one of their sons betrays their friend Carlos Muñoz to the authorities. Matthew Graham does not leave his friends to rot—not even if they’re papist priests—so soon enough most of the Graham family is involved in a rescue attempt, desperate to save Carlos from a sentence that may well kill him. Meanwhile, in London little Rachel is going through hell. In a matter of months she loses everything, even her surname, as apparently her father is not Master Cooke but one Jacob Graham. Not that her paternity matters when her entire life implodes. Will Alex and Matthew be able to help their unknown grandchild? More importantly, will Rachel want their help?

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“What are you doing?” Matthew stepped into the little clearing, eyes travelling up and down her strange attire.
“Exercising,” Alex said, returning to her shoulder workout. “Now that I am sixty, I have to increase my efforts to stay fit.”
“Ah.” He sat down on a nearby log. “You look healthy enough to me.”
“For now,” she replied through her teeth, counting off her repetitions in her head. “First thing to go is shoulder mobility—you know, being able to stretch your arms over your head.”
In reply, Matthew did just that. The worn linen of his shirt allowed glimpses of his torso beneath, and Alex knew for a fact her man was mostly lean and muscled, his shoulders and arms reflecting a lifestyle that allowed little leisure.
He remained where he was as she finished her routine, but began to laugh when she began her yoga moves.
“What is that?”
“Downward facing dog.” Well, she hoped it was. Truth be told, her memories of her yoga classes were very vague, but she recalled something similar to this position, and from the way her buttocks and the backs of her thighs strained, it was obviously good for something. “I have to make sure I keep my trim figure,” she continued once she was upright again. “Don’t want you to tell me my arse is too round.”
Matthew smiled, biting his lip.
“Your arse is round. Nice and soft—it always has been, lass.”
“Is that supposed to be a compliment?”
“Oh, aye. I like my women round and bonny.”
“Your women?” she asked coldly. Come to think of it, Kate Jones was also quite curvy, and however ridiculous it was, Alex still had moments when the thought of Widow Jones made something very green and slimy shift through her belly.
“It’s only been one woman for…” He squinted. “Thirty-four years.”
She just looked at him. Kate had happened after they’d been married—no matter how exonerating the circumstances.
“Thirty-one,” he amended in a low voice. “But you know it was out of need and despair, not love.”
She nodded, no more. Her Matthew, abducted and used as a slave, had been certain he would die in servitude, far away from home and family. But it still rankled—even more so given Matthew’s irritating habit of looking Kate up and down with appreciation whenever they met. Sometimes, she suspected the dratted man did it on purpose, enjoying her obvious jealousy.
He took her hand. “Enough of that. I have something to show you.”
“You do?” She bit back a little smile. It was difficult to hide a house, no matter how small. From a distance, she’d seen him work on what had at first looked like a cabin but which recently had become something far more graceful. Every day, she’d been tempted to sneak forward and take a peek, every day she’d stopped herself, not wanting to spoil his surprise.
“A gift,” he said, swinging their hands between them as he led her through the trees, making for the river. He tightened his hold. “A birthday gift, lass.” He drew to a stop and kissed her. “Happy birthday,” he murmured. “And I must say you look not a day older than yesterday.”
“Idiot.” She slapped his shoulder, making him laugh.
They reached the river and he turned left. Months of working on his project had resulted in a neat little path, the ground cool beneath Alex’s bare feet. They ducked under the boughs of an oak, and there, in a clearing, stood her gift, the cedar wood so new it still retained its coppery colour. It was a beautiful house, the door in the centre flanked by two windows. The glass panes glittered in the sun, little squares of greenish glass that he must have smuggled up from Providence.
 “So, is it a bungalow?” He pronounced the word carefully, making Alex smile. She pursed her lips but finally shook her head.
“No, it’s a cabin. A cabin with a veranda, but not a bungalow.”
“Well that’s a relief,” Matthew said, coming over to stand beside her. “I didn’t much like the idea of living in something that sounds like the name of a venomous snake.”
“A snake?” Alex laughed, shifting closer to him. “Anyway, it’s a very nice little house and I think we’ll be snug like bugs in it.” Given its size, she guessed at two rooms, with a spacious veranda and the river a stone’s throw away. Yes, she could see them living in comfort here.
“Mmm,” Matthew agreed, sounding less than convinced.
“And,” Alex added with a wink, “it has the benefit of being somewhat isolated.”
“Oh, aye,” Matthew smiled, “all of half a mile to the main yard.”
“A bit more. And look at all these lovely trees that separate us from them all.”
Matthew just chuckled. “Shall we go inside? Mayhap test the bed?” 
“Matthew Graham! All of sixty-two and still insatiable!”
“You don’t mind, do you?” He had by now manoeuvred them into the little house, was leading her over sanded and soaped floors to their new bedroom.
“No,” she smiled, “not at all.” And then he opened the door. Alex came to an abrupt halt.  
“Oh!” she said. “Oh!” she repeated, and took a hesitant step into the room that was bathed with light. “How?” she asked, trying to understand where all the light came from. There were two windows, both quite large, but it was the coloured light that came from the roof that had her stretching her hands out, revolving slowly on the spot.
“A wee cupola,” Matthew explained proudly. “I used your coloured glass. Do you like it?”
“Like it? It’s wonderful!”  She made as if to catch a red reflection and beamed at him. “A cupola, hey?” She craned her head back to see the green and red glass panes—a gift from him years ago, that had since then adorned their bedroom in the big house. Well, apart from these last few weeks when he’d refused to tell her where her precious panes had gone.
“I listen and learn, lass. And I liked the notion, of sun spilling down on us from above.” He grabbed hold of her. “So, does your birthday gift meet with your approval?”
She just nodded, struck quite wordless. Matthew laughed and pulled her close enough to kiss the top of her head. 

About the Author

Anna was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result she’s multilingual and most of her reading is historical- both non-fiction and fiction. Possessed of a lively imagination, she has drawers full of potential stories, all of them set in the past. She was always going to be a writer – or a historian, preferably both. Ideally, Anna aspired to becoming a pioneer time traveller, but science has as yet not advanced to the point of making that possible. Instead she ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for her most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career Anna raised her four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive… For years she combined a challenging career with four children and the odd snatched moment of writing. Nowadays Anna spends most of her spare time at her writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and she slips away into her imaginary world, with her imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in her life pops his head in to ensure she’s still there. Other than on her website,, Anna can mostly be found on her blog, – unless, of course, she is submerged in writing her next novel. You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 27 Review at A Holland Reads Tuesday, November 28 Review at So Many Books, So Little Time Excerpt at Locks, Hooks and Books Wednesday, November 29 Review at Pursuing Stacie Thursday, November 30 Feature at WS Momma Readers Nook Excerpt at What Is That Book About Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots Friday, December 1 Review at Just One More Chapter Sunday, December 3 Feature at T's Stuff Monday, December 4 Review at A Chick Who Reads Tuesday, December 5 Excerpt at A Literary Vacation Wednesday, December 6 Feature at The Lit Bitch Thursday, December 7 Feature at A Bookaholic Swede Friday, December 8 Review at A Bookish Affair Monday, December 11 Feature at View From the Birdhouse Feature at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen Tuesday, December 12 Review at Beth's Book Nook Blog Wednesday, December 13 Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit Thursday, December 14 Feature at Passages to the Past Friday, December 15 Review at Book Nerd Monday, December 18 Feature at A Book Geek Tuesday, December 19 Review at CelticLady's Reviews Wednesday, December 20 Review at Jorie Loves a Story Thursday, December 21 Review at Broken Teepee Interview at Jorie Loves a Story


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 2 ebook copies and 2 paperback copies of There is Always a Tomorrow! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on December 21st. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. There is Always a Tomorrow

Monday, November 27, 2017

'Christy' Giveaway, Blog Tour, and Facebook Live Party

About the book:

New edition of Catherine Marshall's inspirational classic! 
The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.
But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her - and her one-room school - as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.
Yearning to make a difference, will Christy's determination and devotion be enough?

About the author:
Catherine Marshall (1914-1983), The New York Times best-selling author of 30 books, is best known for her novel Christy. Based on the life of her mother, Christy captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. Around the kitchen table at Evergreen Farm, as her mother reminisced, Catherine probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders. Catherine shared the story of her husband, Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the United States Senate, in A Man Called Peter. A decade after Dr. Marshall's untimely death, Catherine married Leonard LeSourd, Executive Editor of Guideposts, forging a dynamic writer-editor partnership. A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Catherine's enduring career spanned four decades and reached over 30 million readers.
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Some stories are evergreen, their themes and lessons standing the test of time and connecting with readers generation after generation. Reconnect with Catherine Marshall's beloved Christy as it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new edition! As nineteen-year-old teacher Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home of Cutter Gap, some see her-and her one-room school-as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove. Yearning to make a difference, will Christy's determination and devotion be enough?

Celebrate the new 50th anniversary edition of Christy by entering to win one of TWO $50 Visa cash cards (details below) and by attending a Facebook Live party on December 5!

TWO grand prize winners will receive:
One copy of Christy
One $50 Visa Cash Card
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 5. The winner will be announced at the Christy Facebook Live Party. RSVP for a chance to connect with authors who've been impacted by Christy and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word-tell your friends about the giveaway and
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My Review:

I cannot believe that I have waited this long to finally pick up Catherine Marshall’s Christy.  I have always heard great things about it, never took the time to pick it up. I wished I had done so earlier. I loved Christy’s story.  The  descriptions were so vivid with historical details that I kept imagining this must have been the way my grandparents had lived in the mountains Virginia. I love the people of Cutter Gap and I am so glad I got to know them. What a special group of people. I enjoyed watching Christy becoming into her own person. What a strong and determined, young woman.

I can definitely understand how Christy has become a classic among readers and becoming a series on television. What a wonderful read. 

I do want to note to other readers not to be intimidated by the size of the book. It is so well written and easy to read. I had no problem getting through it in two days. It is most definitely a must read with a well deserved 5 plus stars. 

 I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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