‘Word of Comfort For Women’ by Carolyn Larsen

When we get out of bed in the morning, we don’t know what the day ahead holds. It could be routine. It could be amazing. It could be devastating. No matter what each day holds, one of the biggest influences on the direction our days take is our own attitude. We can live in fear, worry, and anxiety, or we can choose to live with purpose, trusting God in every circumstance.

Compact and concise, Carolyn Larsen’s Words of Comfort for Women and Words of Hope for Women each offer you 90 inspiring devotional readings that will help you remember God’s presence in your days and see your world from a positive perspective. These short, to-the-point readings illuminate God’s promises and show you just how they apply to your everyday life. Beautifully designed, these devotionals are the perfect gift for a friend–and for yourself.

About Carolyn Larsen

Carolyn Larsen has written more than 40 books for children and adults. She is best known as the author of the Little Girls Bible Storybook line of products, which have collectively sold more than one million units. In addition, Carolyn is a speaker who has taught and spoken extensively in the United States and overseas. She is the cofounder of the performing group Flashpoints, which is comprised of five women who share a God-ignited passion to encourage women and girls to know God better through drama, creative movement, signing, and humor. Carolyn is the mother of three and lives with her husband in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

My Rating: 5 stars!!

I can’t say enough good things about this book. It is just perfect for a quick pick me up from God. A verse from the Bible and a short devotion is what it consists of and it’s so comforting. The very first one I read ministered to my spirit. It is just the right size to tuck into your purse, too, to carry with you and pull out when you feel the need of an encouraging word from the Lord. I will certainly be reading this one many times. I plan to keep it by my chair always. I highly recommend this.

*My thanks to Revell Publishing for a preview copy of this book. The opinion stated here is expressly my own.

Words of Comfort For Women
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: October 15, 2019

‘Narrow Escape’ by Virginia Vaughan

“It’s time to finish what we started.”

Survivor Rena Miller can’t forget those words serial killer Sloan Davis whispered to her as he walked free on a technicality. She’s lived in fear ever since. Can Detective Victor Freeman pick up where his dad left off and protect Rena from a killer? Or are they destined to finish what they started?

About Virginia Vaughan

Award winning author Virginia Vaughan lives by the motto ‘It’s not hoarding if its books’. Always the kid with her nose stuck in a book, becoming a multi-published author hasn’t stopped Virginia from continuing to grow her own collection of favorite reads. Her family has refused to help her move anymore because of the sheer number boxes of books, but she’s no quitter. She’ll keep buying books and, the next time she moves, hire a moving van.

If you love stories where romance intersects danger and faith, subscribe to Virginia’s email list at http://eepurl.com/dtFeVP and be the first to know when a new story arrives.

My rating: 5 Stars!

‘Her only hope was for a miracle, but even that didn’t seem likely. Why was she worth rescuing once, much less twice?’

Virginia Vaughan has a winner with this super suspenseful novella. A teenager was tortured by a serial killer, but rescued by police before being killed. Now grown up, she is being targeted again by this serial killer, who was never punished for his crimes by a technicality. The cop who had kept watch over her for 16 years has died and his detective son resents her tremendously. Will he step up and help or will this killer finally finish what he started sixteen years ago?

Taut, suspenseful and never-let-up action, this one is a definite must read for fans of suspense. Highly recommended.

*My thanks to the author for a preview copy of this book. The opinion stated here is expressly my own.

‘Alaskan Christmas Cold Case’ by Sarah Varland

Christmas Under Fire…

The Ice Maiden Killer is back.

For years, a serial killer has eluded authorities—and he’s set Alaska state trooper Erynn Cooper in his sights. Erynn’s only chance at survival is to trust Moose Haven police chief Noah Dawson with her life and the truth about her past. But with Christmas quickly approaching, Erynn and Noah are running out of time to catch the murderer…before Erynn becomes the next victim.

About Sarah Varland

Sarah Varland lives with her husband and two sons in Alaska, with a view of the mountains that astounds her every day. She loves reading, writing, hiking, kayaking, and baking. Her first book, Treasure Point Secrets, released in 2014 and is set in coastal Georgia. Her second book, Tundra Threat, also released in 2014 and is set in Alaska. Her next few books will return to the coastal town of Treasure Point, Georgia, and the next releases in June 2016.


‘Whoever said things would look better in the morning had never had a serial killer after him.’

This is my third or fourth Sarah Varland book and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been looking forward to Noah Dawson getting a story and he is just a wonderful hero. Noah has been in love with Erynn Cooper, an Alaskan State Trooper working in the small town of Moose Haven, where is police chief. He’s never gotten up the courage to tell her that, and now someone is out to kill her. Together, they burn the midnight oil to catch this killer who has killed many before. Great suspense with a great cast of characters. Recommended.

‘Dark Ambitions’ (Code of Honor 3) by Irene Hannon

Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan usually has his camp for foster children to himself during the winter months. But someone has visited recently–leaving a trail of blood. One of the two clues left behind tips Rick off to the identity of his visitor, who soon turns up dead. The police deem it an accident, but Rick isn’t convinced. With the help of private investigator Heather Shields, he sets out to decipher the remaining clue. Except someone doesn’t want them to succeed–and will stop at nothing to keep them from finding the truth.

With her trademark psychological suspense ratcheting up the tension on every page, bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon takes you on a search for a cold-blooded killer with an ambitious goal and deadly intent.

About Irene Hannon

Irene Hannon is the best-selling author of more than 35 novels. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Reviewer’s Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine and the Daphne du Maurier Award for mystery/suspense. Irene and her husband make their home in Missouri, USA. Irene invites you to visit her at her website, http://www.irenehannon.com

‘He might never have needed a gun in the four years he’d called this rural Missouri acreage home, but it was better to risk overkill than be killed.’

I never miss an Irene Hannon book. She writes two each year and I’ve always got them on my list of books to read. She is quite skilled at her psychological suspense novels and she keeps the reader guessing throughout.

Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan, now running a camp for foster kids, finds blood on his property one evening and evidence that someone has broken into a shed. He needs to find out what has happened to a former Army buddy who saved his life and so he hires Phoenix Inc., an elite group of private investigators. He is given as an investigator Heather Shields, former police detective, who is eager to take his case. Together, they discover that someone is willing to kill, not just once, to keep them from finding the truth and Rick’s buddy. All the while they must keep their attraction from one another on the back burner.

Hannon creates intrigue with a good dose of romance to keep her readers coming back for more. She never disappoints with her ability to start a bit slow, though very interesting, then builds layer upon layer as the story progresses, until finally the book is racing toward a surprising, yet satisfying conclusion. I never manage to guess the culprit, either. That’s the mark of a good suspense writer. I enjoyed every minute, staying up late to finish the book. Highly recommended.

*My thanks to Revell Publishing for a preview copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

‘A Distance Too Grand’ by Regina Scott

Meg Pero has been assisting her photographer father since she was big enough to carry his equipment, so when he dies she is determined to take over his profession–starting with fulfilling the contract he signed to serve on an Army survey of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1871. What she doesn’t realize is that the leader of the expedition is none other than the man she once refused to marry.

Captain Ben Coleridge would like nothing more than to leave without the woman who broke his heart, but he refuses to wait even one more day to get started. This survey is a screen for another, more personal mission, one he cannot share with any member of his team.

As dangers arise from all sides, including within the survey party, Meg and Ben must work together to stay alive, fulfill their duties, and, just maybe, rekindle a love that neither had completely left behind.

About Regina Scott

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she’d learned a bit more about writing. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, and a good kick in the backside from her husband, she got serious about writing. Since then, she’s had published more than 40 clean historical romances for adults and young adults. Her traditional romances have earned praised from reviewers and readers alike. Booklist calls her work “quietly compelling” and “impeccably written.” Huntress Reviews says, “Regina Scott delivers,” and “I will always buy a book with Regina Scott’s name on it.”

Regina Scott is the author of the Frontier Bachelors series set in pioneer Seattle (The Bride Ship, Would-Be Wilderness Wife, Frontier Engagement, Instant Frontier Family, A Convenient Christmas Wedding, Mail-Order Marriage Promise, His Frontier Christmas Family, and Frontier Matchmaker Bride). She is also the author of more than two dozen sweet historical romances set in Regency England in such series as Fortune’s Brides, Uncommon Courtships, the Everard Legacy, the Master Matchmakers, and the Lady Emily Capers. She has twice been awarded best book of the year for her type of story from industry favorite RT Book Reviews.

Regina Scott has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, sailed on a tall ship, and dressed as a Regency dandy, all in the name of research, of course. She makes her home in the Puget Sound area of Washington State with her beloved husband. Find her online at her website http://www.reginascott.com, the blog she shares with author Marissa Doyle at http://www.nineteenteen.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/authorreginascott, and on Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/reginascott.

‘There’s always a reason for God’s creation. What was he trying to tell us? What are we to learn from all this?’

Photographer Meg Pero thinks the Army will allow her to take her deceased father’s place as the one to record photographically the excursion into the Grand Canyon in 1871. What she doesn’t know is that the man she once rejected as a husband is now the captain of the expedition. Ben Coleridge would rather have anyone but Meg on this trip, but the time is too short to hire another photographer, so he reluctantly agrees to take her with them.

They set out and soon danger lurks seemingly around every corner and the troop must try hard to stay alive and fed and watered. Adventure abounds, intrigue surrounds, and a romance is rekindled in the beauty of the creation of the magnificent Grand Canyon. Scott has a winner.

*My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

‘Belinda Blake and the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ (An Exotic Pet-Sitter Mystery Book 2) by Heather Day Gilbert

Exotic pet-sitter Belinda Blake is nervous about her new job at the White Pine Wolf Preserve, but it turns out that the care and feeding of wild carnivores may be the least dangerous part of the gig . . .

Pet-sitter Belinda Blake is no stranger to dealing with wild animals, but she’s wary when the owner of the Greenwich, Connecticut, preserve asks her to help out with her “fluffy darlings.” Her caution seems justified on her very first day, when she discovers a tour guide—dead, bloodied, and surrounded by wolves in the enclosure.

Was it death by predator or something more sinister? The body count rises, but something’s not adding up. As she gets to know the rescued wolves and wolf-dog hybrids better, Belinda realizes that her human colleagues are not above suspicion. With help from her own “pack”—her pregnant sister, Red the chauffeur/bodyguard, and hunky farmer Jonas—Belinda is hot on the killer’s tail, but if she doesn’t find him soon, he’ll do more than muzzle her to keep the truth from escaping.

Praise for Belinda Blake and The Snake in the Grass

“A humorous series debut with exotic pets and a zany cast of characters. Gilbert’s cozy will make you smile.”
—Amanda Flower, USA Today bestselling author of Premeditated Peppermint

“Cozy fans will root for pet-sitter Belinda Blake as she unravels this cleverly-crafted mystery in a delightfully-deadly new series by Heather Day Gilbert.”
—Elizabeth Spann Craig, author of the bestselling Myrtle Clover Mysteries

About Heather Day Gilbert

HEATHER DAY GILBERT, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect those they love. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.”

Find Heather on Pinterest (heatherdgilbert), Instagram (@heatherdaygilbert), Twitter (@heatherdgilbert), and Facebook (heatherdaygilbert). You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.com

My Rating: 4 Stars!

‘I know this sounds impossible, but I think someone’s framing the wolves.’

Belinda Blake, sitter of exotic pets, is back on the trail of a murderer once again in the second offering of Heather Day Gilbert’s ‘Exotic Pet Sitter’ cozy mystery series. This time Belinda is tasked with helping out at a wolf preserve for 8 days. True to form, though, Belinda isn’t there long at all before a dead body turns up. And another. That’s all the clues you’ll get from me.

Belinda has a natural bent for solving crimes, but can she get another one solved before she herself turns up at one of the victims? There are more than a few suspects; if only Belinda has time to cross them off the list before it’s her turn!

Heather Day Gilbert is a nab hand at a cozy mystery and I never, ever figure out the culprit! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the wolves and meeting them in the book. Read this one in a day, folks. It’s that good. Recommended.

*My thanks to Kensington Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

Author Interview, Book Giveaway & Review: ‘Hope’s Highest Mountain’ (Heirs of Montana #1) by Misty Beller

I am so very excited to feature Misty Beller and her latest book on my blog today!  Misty and I recently met up at the tiny library in our small hometown for a photo and she signed my book!  Sit back and enjoy my interview with Misty and hang around for instructions on how you can win a copy of Hope’s Highest Mountain, signed by Misty!

  1. How did you decide to write in this genre?

I tend to be a bit of a sentimentalist, so Historical Romance is perfect for me! My favorite period is between 1800 – 1880, when the frontier days were really ramping up. I love the simpler life, where there’s no rat race. Just hard work, plenty of alone time (can you tell I’m an introvert?), and a strong family unit. My stories usual center around horses and mountains, which comes from my love for animals and being outside. I was completely horse crazy growing up, and actually trained and showed horses professionally for a couple years after high school.

  • When did you know you wanted to write Christian fiction?

All my life, I’ve been a true book lover. Give me a good novel, and you probably won’t see me again until it’s finished. I’ve also always enjoyed writing, and tend to express myself best through my written correspondence. In high school, I had a poem published in a commercial poetry compilation book.

But I never seriously thought about writing a novel, until about seven years ago. I was putting together my bucket list, and realized that I really did want to write a novel. So, “Write a novel that’s published” made it near the top!

3. Were you a reader as a child?

Yes! I was either reading or riding horses when I was a kid. I remember many times when my mom would tell me to put down the book and go outside. Then my older brother and I would go ride the horses over my grandparents’ farm.

  • You and I live in the same small town. I’ve been here my whole life. How long have you lived here?

I’ve lived here my whole life, too! I was homeschooled, and we spent SO MANY hours at our little library. The librarians became some of our good family friends. In fact, I’m so grateful to Ms. Margie, the sweet librarian who first introduced me to you, Susan! Ms. Margie passed away last year, and it was amazing to see how many lives she touched through her work at the library.

  • How do you find the time to write being the mother of small children?

I’m still not sure! We have four sweet kiddos, ages twelve years through three months. I’m still trying to figure out how to get things done with our new little Matthew in the house. I couldn’t do it without help from family!

  • How do book ideas come to you?

The characters usually come first. Many of my books are set in the Rocky Mountains, so sometimes I’ll get an idea of a character in a particular setting, then I’ll start brainstorming their background and what made them who they turn out to be in the story. Sometimes I’ll read a magazine article or book that creates a snapshot in my mind of what their personality is like. Then comes more brainstorming!

7. What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

The theme of hope was important to me as I wrote this story. As Hope’s Highest Mountain starts, Ingrid and Micah were both in the depths of hard times in their lives. Micah’s was a self-imposed penance as he grieved the loss of his wife and daughter and the part he played in their deaths. For Ingrid, she’d just lost her father in a tragic wagon accident, and had no idea what her life should look like moving forward. Through the story, both of them realized that though life would be different in the future, there was hope that the new life God had planned for them could be even better. They never would have found the better, though, if they hadn’t gone through the hard times. 😊

Author Bio:

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. 

She loves to connect at her website, FacebookGoodreadsTwitter, BookBub, and Pinterest

About The Book:

On her way to deliver vaccines to a mining town in the Montana Territory, Ingrid Chastain never anticipated a terrible accident would leave her alone and badly injured in the wilderness. When rescue comes in the form of a mysterious mountain man, she’s hesitant to trust him, but the journey ahead will change their lives more than they could have known.

My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘I learned long ago trusting God to help never makes things better. It only makes me weaker.’

Micah Bradley has lived alone in the Montana wilderness for 5 years now, ever since smallpox took his wife and daughter. He couldn’t save them although he was a doctor. He comes across a wagon accident and finds all dead but one woman, who has a broken femur. He does all he can to save her, but when she asks him to transport the smallpox vaccines her doctor father was taking to a nearby fort, he balks. How could God want him to do such a thing after the loss he’s suffered from this disease? He’s willing to take the woman to the fort a few weeks’ journey away, but this favor she’s asked? He is not willing to even think about it. Ingrid Chastain endures horrible pain after Micah sets her leg but can’t seem to get him to see the importance of getting the vaccine to the fort, even if it will save many lives. Can she trust God to work on Micah’s heart?

Misty Beller begins this book in a powerful way. Her imagery is very strong and evocative to the reader. I was pulled in immediately and my attention never wavered at all during the book. These people endured much during this time of heartache and pain. Prominent in this book is the importance of surrender to God, even when it might mean great pain and even greater heartache. Her characterizations are vivid and her descriptions of the setting are wonderfully done. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Recommended.

*My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a complimentary copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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‘Aiming For Love’ (Brides of Hope Mountain #1) by Mary Connealy

About The Book:

Growing up in Colorado, Josephine Madson has been fascinated by but has shied away from the outside world–one she’s been raised to believe killed her parents. When Dave Warden, a rancher, shows up to their secret home with his wounded father, will Josephine and her sisters risk stepping into the world to help or remain separated but safe on Hope Mountain?

About The Author

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.
She is the bestselling author of 48 books and novellas.
Her most recent three book series are: Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written four other series for Barbour Publishing and many novellas and several stand-alone books for multiple publishers.
Mary will be a published author for ten years in 2017 with nearly a million books in print. She has a degree in broadcast communications with an emphasis in journalism and has worked at her local newspaper.

Find Mary online at:
Seekerville
Petticoats & Pistols
My Website

My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘It was too perfect, a holy moment, as if they were closer to God up here. They were filled with the peace of the place.’

I never, ever miss a Mary Connealy book. No way, no how. She has been a favorite since the first book of hers I picked up. And nothing has changed since then. When I first saw the cover for this book, I fell in love with it. In fact, the covers for her last two series’ have been wonderfully done.

Connealy introduces us to the Nordegren sisters, Danish by blood, living alone in the Colorado mountains in a little hide away valley. They have been taught to fear the outside world, that it would bring sickness and death to them. So they’ve stayed put and lived off the land and their wits. Until one day, Jo (Josephine) tries to sneak into a camp of a few cowboys and their herd, hankering after a tin cup. David Warden, a rancher, catches her and hangs onto her till he can find out whether she is a real thief or not. Then his mother and father hurry into the camp, with a thousand head of cattle behind them, and someone has shot his father. Just so happens Jo’s sister Ilsa is well versed in healing. So thusly these two families meet. What happens next is all Mary Connealy. She can weave a tale of the old West like no other. I’ve always loved her cowboy comedies and I will never tire of them. There is a lot of good stuff in here, too, and she describes it all well: the pristine snowy winter of the Colorado mountains, how well these folks can track in the snow, how these sisters each have great strengths and talents, and on I could go. But just read it. I highly recommend this book. I can’t wait for the next Nordegren sister’s story!

*My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a complimentary copy of this book through Net Galley. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Publisher: Bethany House

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

Find The Book Here: https://buff.ly/2n7KTud