Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Beauty Refined

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PETERSON, TRACIE
A BEAUTY REFINED

What does it take to reveal the true beauty of a hidden gem?

Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time wile her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father's intentions -- both for her and the gemstones -- are not what she thinks.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie -- a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family's deception begins to unravel.

My Review:

Another classic historical romance from Tracie Peterson. And God bless this author for the way she brings faith to life in her novels. It is so intricately woven into the plot that the entire story would collapse if it was left out. And the attention to detail! From the title to the sapphire mining and refining -- such scope for parallels in our Christian walk of faith. Uplifting and hopeful.

Phoebe is in for a real awakening when she arrives in Montana. Nothing is as it seems -- not in her past or her present. She is left reeling, searching for answers to questions she never knew she had. Ian becomes a friend she can count on and he isn't shy about sharing his faith, inviting her to consider enticing possibilities that would infuriate her father.

A villain consumed by greed threatens Phoebe and all she holds dear and the plot takes a sinister turn. Danger and evil versus light and life and all is nearly lost before a hope and a future can be secured. Definite reader satisfaction!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A Beauty Refined, leave a comment below ore email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, please remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it is easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 27 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fault Lines

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LOCKE, THOMAS
FAULT LINES

What if reality is only the edge of possibility?

There isn't much that can throw Charlie Hazard off balance. But the mystery woman with the striking eyes and the intense request to follow her -- now -- is about to shake his world. Knowing little more than her name, Charlie leaves his post as a guard at the Satellite Beach community center for what he thinks is just another risk-containment job. But Gabriella, an experimental psychologist, has far more in store for him than protection duty -- if the two of them survive the test.

Reese Clawson relishes her work at the Combine and all the perks and power that come with it -- including the ability to manipulate perceptions. But the Combine never anticipated this mind-shifting technology. If Gabriella's experiments succeed, the Combine would be destroyed. And Reese will never allow that to happen.

MY REVIEW:

Charlie Hazard is Jason Bourne on steroids. A serious action hero right down to his awesomely appropriate name. Love his cryptic occupation too -- "risk containment." Multiply what that conjures up by 1000 and you pretty much have an idea of what Fault Lines reads like -- a complex plot with plenty of action including exquisitely choreographed fight scenes. But all that is peppered with surprising pockets of humour too, usually courtesy of Irma and Julio, Charlie's civilian recruits. In fact, there are a host of engaging secondary characters that contribute to the page-turnability of this enthralling read.

Labeled as a 'techno-thriller', be prepared for some detailed 'techno-babble' -- most of which went over my head. I'd recommend not fretting over trying to understand everything right from the start, rather embrace the essence of the story and things will become clearer as the tale progresses. Also Fault Lines is the prequel to previously published, Trial Run (2015) and Flash Point (2016) and I can't help but feel that readers familiar with those stories might get a better grasp of the 'sciency' stuff in this prequel.

The only thing I found lacking was the absence of an inspirational thread and there was such potential for one. It doesn't ruin the story, but I read Christian Fiction (the publisher is Revell) for a reason and I appreciate when a faith thread, no matter how light, is woven into a plot.

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

This giveaway is for a gently read copy of Fault Lines

If you would like a chance to win a gently read copy of Fault Lines leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 27 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

August Giveaway - Week Three

READER'S CHOICE HISTORICAL FICTION WINNERS:

KATE
PATTY

READER'S CHOICE CONTEMPORARY WINNERS:


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WELCOME TO WISHING BRIDGE 
BY RUTH LOGAN HERNE

DIANA F.

AMADA CHAVEZ

READER'S CHOICE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE WINNERS:

MELISSA OLDAKER
LEA
READER'S CHOICE AMISH FICTION WINNERS:


HEIDI ROBBINS
CAROLE JARVIS

READER'S CHOICE CHRISTIAN FICTION WINNERS

SYLVIA
CHERYL BARKER
KAV'S SURPRISE GIVEAWAY WINNERS:

AGBOSS

TERRILL

RUBYNREBA

As always, I will contact the winners by email, however, thanks to the nefarious ways of the Internet, my email might land in your spam folder so keep your eyes peeled! If you haven't heard from me by Monday evening, please email me your snail mail address at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. From time to time a winner and I don't seem to connect so I have a month time frame. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win will be forfeited. 

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK:

Saturday, August 19, 2017

SURPRISE! Kav's Choice Giveaway

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Since you guys have been such troopers doing all the legwork to help fill up my wishlist I thought I'd share a few (insert eye rolls here...couldn't stop at just a few) new releases I found that I'm pretty sure (not absolutely positive -- it was a whirlwind week after all) weren't mentioned on previous days. By the way -- I started with 5 titles on my wishlist and now I have 65 (and counting) great reads to look forward to!!! THANK YOU!!!!

The giveaway is easy -- take a gander at the books below (I included links so you can check out the book blurb if you want) and choose up to TWO of the titles mentioned in this blog post. Leave a comment naming the title and you have a chance at winning it. 
REALLY IMPORTANT: One title per comment please. So if you want to enter two of the books, you need to make two separate comments -- one for each book.

 Please note -- some will be ebook giveaways only. I've noted that underneath the image. 

Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 20 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

And here they are -- in no particular order!


Release Date: September 19 
Publisher: Self-pubbed 
ebook only


Release Date: October 17
Publisher: Gilead Publishing


Release Date: September 15
Publisher: Self-pubbed
ebook only



Release Date: November 1
Publisher: Barbour


Release Date: September 5
Publisher: self-pubbed
ebook only


Release Date: September 1
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press


Release Date: September 26
Publisher: Waterfall Press


Release Date: September 26
Publisher: Self-pubbed
ebook only


Release Date: November 7
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Amazon Link to Seeds of Hope


Release Date: October 30
Publisher: Self-Pubbed
ebook only
Amazon Link to A Bride for the Cowboy

Friday, August 18, 2017

Reader's Choice - Christian Fiction

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Help me replenish my dwindling TBR pile and plan my end of year reading by recommending new releases scheduled for publication in September, October, November or December 2017 and you could win one of the books you recommend. Here's how:

IT'S CHRISTIAN FICTION GIVEAWAY DAY!!!!!
 
To be entered in the draw just leave a comment (or 3) below, including the title of the book(s) in the Christian Fiction genre you'd like to win. Please note: This is an open giveaway -- any Christian Fiction book published in September, October, November or December 2017 is eligible. You can choose books you've already entered on other days or select completely different ones. This is also a chance for readers who enjoy Women's Fiction, YA, Sci/Fi, Fantasy, novellas etc to have their say since those categories didn't have their own giveaway day.

How does it work?
Easy-peasy! Make recommendations in the comment section each day and if you win the draw, you win the book you suggested.

BUT YOU GOTTA FOLLOW THE RULES!!!!!!
Publication dates must be
September, October, November or December 2017
Each day is genre specific so
only submit books from that genre
Christian Fiction books only please!
You can offer three suggestions per day
BUT
they need to be made in
three separate comments
(makes it easier for me to tally)
No email entries this week 
(too hard to keep track of due to the
# of responses)
Open to International readers (I'm all about spreading the Good News about Christian Fiction all over the globe!!!!!!)
Please remember to include your email, using AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. Draw will be held and winner announced on
Sunday August 20 2017.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Reader's Choice - Amish Fiction

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Help me replenish my dwindling TBR pile and plan my end of the year reading by recommending new releases with publication dates in September, October, November or December 2017 and you could win one of the books you recommend. Here's how:

IT'S AMISH FICTION GIVEAWAY DAY!!!!!
 
To be entered in the draw just leave a comment (or 3) below, including the title of the book(s) in the Amish Fiction genre you'd like to win.
 
AMISH FICTION : A story where the hero or heroine (or both) are Amish OR the story has significant Amish involvement with secondary characters and Amish community. Can be historical or contemporary and can include a suspense or mystery element.

How does it work?
 
Easy-peasy! Make recommendations in the comment section each day and if you win the draw, you win the book you suggested.

BUT YOU GOTTA FOLLOW THE RULES!!!!!!
 
Publication dates must be
September, October, November or December 2017
Each day is genre specific so
only submit books from that genre
Christian Fiction books only please!
You can offer three suggestions per day
BUT
they need to be made in
three separate comments
(makes it easier for me to tally)
No email entries this week 
(too hard to keep track of due to the
# of responses)
 
Open to International readers (I'm all about spreading the Good News about Christian Fiction all over the globe!!!!!!)
 
Please remember to include your email, using AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. Draw will be held and winner announced on
Sunday August 20 2017.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Reader's Choice - Romantic Suspense

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Help me replenish my dwindling TBR pile and plan my end of year reading by recommending new releases published in September, October, November or December 2017 and you could win one of the books you recommend. Here's how:

IT'S ROMANTIC SUSPENSE/MYSTERY
GIVEAWAY DAY!!!!!
 
To be entered in the draw just leave a comment (or 3) below, including the title of the book(s) in the Romantic Suspense/Mystery genre you'd like to win.
ROMANTIC SUSPENSE OR MYSTERY: A mystery is an important part of the plot. The heroine or hero (or both) are often in peril (more so in a suspense.) Can be set in a contemporary or historical setting.

How does it work?
Easy-peasy! Make recommendations in the comment section each day and if you win the draw, you win the book you suggested.

BUT YOU GOTTA FOLLOW THE RULES!!!!!!
Publication dates must be
September, October, November or December 2017
Each day is genre specific so
only submit books from that genre
Christian Fiction books only please!
You can offer three suggestions per day
BUT
they need to be made in
three separate comments
(makes it easier for me to tally)
No email entries this week 
(too hard to keep track of due to the
# of responses)
Open to International readers (I'm all about spreading the Good News about Christian Fiction all over the globe!!!!!!)
Please remember to include your email, using AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. Draw will be held and winner announced on
Sunday August 20 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reader's Choice - Contemporary Romance

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Help replenish my dwindling TBR pile and plan for my end of the year reading by recommending new releases coming out in September, October, November or December 2017. For full details continue reading:

IT'S CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE GIVEAWAY DAY!!!!!
 
To be entered in the draw just leave a comment (or 3) below, including the title of the book(s) in the Contemporary Romance genre you'd like to win.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE : A story where the romance plays a major role and is set in the 1980s to current day
How does it work?
 
Easy-peasy! Make recommendations in the comment section each day and if you win the draw, you win the book you suggested.

BUT YOU GOTTA FOLLOW THE RULES!!!!!!
 
Publication dates must be
September, October, November or December 2017
Each day is genre specific so
only submit books from that genre
Christian Fiction books only please!
You can offer three suggestions per day
BUT
they need to be made in
three separate comments
(makes it easier for me to tally)
No email entries this week 
(too hard to keep track of due to the
# of responses)
 
Open to International readers (I'm all about spreading the Good News about Christian Fiction all over the globe!!!!!!)
 
Please remember to include your email, using AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. Draw will be held and winner announced on
Sunday August 20 2017.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Reader's Choice -- Historical Fiction

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Help me replenish by dwindling TBR pile and plan my end of year reading by recommending new releases (publication date, September, October, November or December 2017) and you have a chance to win one of the books you recommend.
Read all the details before entering:

IT'S HISTORICAL ROMANCE GIVEAWAY DAY!!!!!
 
To be entered in the draw just leave a comment (or 3) below, including the title of the book(s) in the Historical Romance genre you'd like to win.
 
HISTORICAL ROMANCE: A story where the romance plays a major role and is set in any time period before the end of 1970s

How does it work?
 
Easy-peasy! Make recommendations in the comment section each day and if you win the draw, you win the book you suggested.

BUT YOU GOTTA FOLLOW THE RULES!!!!!!
 
Publication dates must be
September, October, November or December 2017
Each day is genre specific so
only submit books from that genre
Christian Fiction books only please!
You can offer three suggestions per day
BUT
they need to be made in
three separate comments
(makes it easier for me to tally)
No email entries this week 
(too hard to keep track of due to the
# of responses)
 
Open to International readers
(I'm all about spreading the Good News about Christian Fiction all over the globe!!!!!!)
 
Please remember to include your email, using AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. Draw will be held and winner announced on
Sunday August  20 2017.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August Giveaway - Week Two



WON BY TRACEY HAGWOOD

WON BY MARYANN SKARITA


WON BY WENDY NEWCOMB

WON BY JACKIE SMITH AND AMADA CHAVEZ

WON BY JASMINE A.

WON BY MELANIE BACKUS

Looking ahead to next week:

Disaster has struck -- I have three books on my TBR pile (gasp!) and only a handful of Autumn titles on my wishlist. 0 for September, 2 for October, 2 for November and 1 for December.  What's a Reader/Blogger to do? Call in reinforcements, that's what! So it is time to host another READER'S CHOICE GIVEAWAY WEEK 
-- this time concentrating on novels from the Christian Fiction market being released in 
SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER 2017

As usual with these giveaways, make sure to read the rules which will be posted each day. The gist of it all is -- you suggest a title and if your name is drawn, you win that title.  (and you can suggest up to three titles per genre) So, obviously, there'll be a bit of a wait for your win to reach you. (But my track record is good about getting the books to the winners -- and if I slip up a gentle nudge from a winner is guaranteed to get me back on track! Here's the week's schedule:

Monday - Historical Romance
A story where the romance plays a major role and is set in any time period before the late 1970s


Tuesday - Contemporary Romance
A story where the romance plays a major role and is set from the 1980s to present day


Wednesday - Romantic Suspense or Mystery
A mystery is an important part of the plot. The heroine or hero (or both) are often in peril (more osin suspense.) Can be set in any historical or contemporary setting.


Thursday - Amish Fiction
A story where the hero or heroine (or both) are Amish OR the story has a significant Amish involvement through Amish secondary characters and/or Amish community. Can be historical or contemporary and can contain a suspense or mystery element.


Friday - Christian Fiction
Any genre including those previously mentioned as well as fantasy, Young Adult, Speculative Fiction, Women's Fiction, Novellas etc.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter

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BLACKWELL, LAWANA
THE COURTSHIP OF THE VICAR'S DAUGHTER

Love has found it's way to Gresham!

As the wedding of Julia Hollis and Vicar Andrew Phelps approaches, the quaint English village of Gresham buzzes with thoughts and feelings of love. And it seems no one is immune. From Squire Bartley to kindhearted Mercy Sanders, the townsfolk of Gresham are feeling the effects of Cupid's arrow.

Affected most distinctly is Elizabeth Phelps. With her father about to remarry, Elizabeth discovers she's captured the attention of a dashing young curate determined to win her hand. But before she can determine if she truly returns his admiration, the man who once broke her heart returns, seeking to prove he's changed and he's now worthy of her affection. Who will win the hand of the vicar's daughter?

My Review:

Published in 1998

The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter reads like a classic BBC series. Think Cranford and Lark Rise to Candleford. Blackwell shares the idiosyncrasies of village life in Victorian England with such vivid descriptions that I was hard pressed to put this book down. A captivating mix of laughter and drama and no shortage of quirky. Told from multiple points of view, I was soon engrossed in all the struggles and strife of some engaging characters. In fact, the whole village is a character unto itself. Love stories both tender and funny...even a little bit tragic...add to the regular village shenanigans.

If you are a fan of Jan Karon or Julie Klassen's most recent Tales of Ivy Hill series you'll definitely want to read Blackwell's Gresham Chronicles. This is Book Two but I think it can be read fairly well as a standalone -- you just need to go with the flow in the first few chapters since there are a lot of characters (a village full!) to acquaint yourself with but it won't take long to sort them out.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

This giveaway if or an ebook format only

If you would like a chance to win an ebook copy of The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, make sure to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 13 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Deadly Disclosure

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CARVER, MEGHAN
DEADLY DISCLOSURE

Fatal family secrets...

Getting shot at on her way to work is only the first shock law student Hannah McClarnon's day. The second is when FBI agent Derek Chambers -- her first love -- reveals the truth about Hannah's family. Though Hannah was raised by a wealthy Indianapolis couple. her birth father was with the Chicago mafia. And now, convinced she has information against them, they're hunting her down. Derek's first big assignment is to protect Hannah. and it's becoming more personal every minute. He's never revealed why he left long ago, and he still believes Hannah deserves someone better. But with the enemy in relentless pursuit, he'll risk his life to be the man she needs -- and loves -- again.

My Review:

Another taut romantic suspense from Meghan Carver. This is her second book with Love Inspired Suspense and she has the twisty turny plot heavy on sinister and liberally dosed with cat-and-mouse pursuits down pat. The edgy first scene sets the pace and I found myself nervously checking over my shoulder right along with Hannah for the duration. She has to handle a lot of surprises in short order -- not the least of which is the reappearance of her high school sweetheart. Shadows from her past threaten her future and Derek is determined he won't let her down this time. Delicious second chance romance paired with danger and mystery make Deadly Disclosure a real page-turner.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Deadly Disclosure, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email address to your comment, please remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 13 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!