Monday, November 23, 2020

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: THE COWBOY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS by Jodi Thomas and more ***BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY***




The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas
by

Jodi Thomas,

Sharla Lovelace, and Scarlett Dunn

 
Genre: Romance / Adventure / Anthology
Publisher: Kensington Books
Date of Publication: October 27, 2020
Number of Pages: 336 pages
 
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The Lone Star State doesn't have to be lonely during Christmas time! 

Legendary author Jodi Thomas headlines a new holiday-themed Western historical romance collection featuring three Texas-set stories of romance and adventure. 

The Civil War is over, Christmas is coming—and it's time for three rugged cowboys to hang-up their spurs and settle down. These authors combine their talents and excel at creating atmosphere and complex characters which infuse these stories with Texas history and evoke the grandeur of a bygone era and the indomitable pioneer spirit of the region. 

Prepare to be swept off your feet by these heroic cowboys who will stop at nothing to make sure this Christmas is one to remember. Ideal for gift giving, The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas will be the fan-favorite collection of romance for the 2020 Christmas season!
 
 

PRAISE FOR THE COWBOY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS:

"FATHER GOOSE is a warm, entertaining story, with Trapper and Emery starting with nothing, yet finding love and hoping for a future." 
-- Rose from Roses Are Blue   

"It was a pitch-perfect reading experience that left my heart bursting with joy. This story has become an instant classic in my holiday reading canon." 
-- PJ Ausdenmore from The Romance Dish   

"I love an anthology at this busy time of the year because I can read a complete story in a short time--this book hit the mark." 
-- Mary from Bookfan

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Jodi Thomas is a New York Times bestselling author and fifth-generation Texan who sets many of her award-winning stories in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A multi-RITA Award winner and member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, she’s written over 50 novels with millions of copies in print. Her most recent releases are The Little Tea Shop on Main and the first book in her new Honey Creek series, Breakfast at the Honey Creek CafĂ©, which is out now.
 
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: MIA AND NATTIE: ONE GREAT TEAM! by Marlene M. Bell ***REVIEW & GIVEAWAY***




Mia and Nattie: 
One Great Team!
by
Marlene M. Bell
 
Genre: Children's Picture Book (K-3rd Grade) / Farm Animals
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Date of Publication: October 4, 2020
Number of Pages: 34 pages
 
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Nattie’s mouth was a little crooked. Her legs were a bit shorter than usual, and one horn was too straight, like a unicorn’s horn.

But Mia thought Nattie was perfect.

On a visit to her grandma’s farm, eight-year-old Mia discovers a newborn, orphaned lamb outside in the cold and takes her to the laundry room, naming her Nattie. As she tries to nurse the lamb back to health, Mia discovers that Nattie is different from the other lambs and struggles to fit in with them like Mia does with other kids her age.

When her grandmother says she will sell Nattie to a neighbor, Mia must come up with a plan to keep her friend around — one that will show the family just how special Nattie truly is.


Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! by Marlene M. Bell is an adorable picture book about friendship, compassion, and helping others.  When Mia finds little Nattie, she knows that she is different from the other sheep.  With her small size and unusual horn and smile, Mia knew Nattie needed her help if she wanted her to stay on the farm.  But, with a little creativity and a lot of determination, Mia was not only able to keep Nattie, but help her find her life’s purpose.  


The story of Mia and Nattie is a great example of overcoming obstacles and how to treat others with compassion and kindness.  Mia could have easily let her grandma sell Nattie to the neighbors, but she knew that Nattie could thrive on their farm and be a good sheep just like the rest.  She just needed to figure out how.  The author does a great job showing how strong Mia is even though she is just a small child. With all the odds against Nattie, Mia’s true strength was not in her size but in her determination and problem solving skills.  When the opportunity presented itself, Mia knew just how Nattie could help on the farm.  A great lesson for young children who feel helpless, and like Nattie, have to live with some sort of disadvantage.  Mia and Nattie’s story shows that everyone, no matter their circumstances, can help others and overcome obstacles.


The illustrations of Grace Sandford work perfectly with Mia and Nattie’s story.  The color scheme of blue, green, and brown give that farm-like country feel as you read the story.  The child-like imagery of Mia, her grandmother, and all the animals fit the story well. Sandford creates an adorable Nattie with her fluffy-looking fur and odd-shaped horn that will keep readers rooting for her happy ending. 


Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! would make a great addition to your child’s or school library, and it's perfect for themed lessons on friendship and helping others.  It's a heartwarming read from start to finish! 


5 Stars!



  
  
 

MARLENE M. BELL is an award-winning writer, artist, and crazy sheep lady who resides in beautiful East Texas. Her renown sheep photographs grace the covers of many livestock magazines where she also writes newsy articles about raising sheep from her hands-on experience. Based on true events from the Bell’s ranch, Marlene offers the first of her children's picture books, Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! It's a touching story of compassion and love between a little girl and her lamb. Marlene is also the author of the award-winning Annalisse international mystery series, with the third book, Calico Raven to be released in 2021. Marlene shares her life with her husband and dreadfully spoiled horned Dorset sheep: a large Maremma guard dog named Tia, and cats, Hollywood, Leo, and Squeaks. The cats believe they rule the household—and do.
 
 
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2ND PRIZE (US only): Signed copy of Mia and Nattie

3RD PRIZE (US only): Signed copy of Mia and Nattie

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11/16/2020 Character Spotlight Book Fidelity
11/16/2020 Review Jennifer Silverwood
11/16/2020 BONUS Promo Hall Ways Blog
11/17/2020 Review Forgotten Winds
11/17/2020 Sneak Peek The Clueless Gent
11/17/2020 Review Momma on the Rocks
11/18/2020 Review Story Schmoozing Book Reviews
11/18/2020 Top 5 List All the Ups and Downs
11/18/2020 Review Missus Gonzo
11/19/2020 Review Book Bustle
11/19/2020 Excerpt Max Knight
11/19/2020 Review StoreyBook Reviews
11/20/2020 Review Chapter Break Book Blog
11/20/2020 Character Interview Sybrina's Book Blog
11/20/2020 Review The Adventures of a Travelers Wife

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: THE LOVE NOTE by Joanna Davidson Politano ***TOP 5 LIST & GIVEAWAY***


THE LOVE NOTE
by
Joanna Davidson Politano

Genre: Christian / Historical Fiction / Romance
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: October 20, 2020 
Number of Pages: 400

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Focused on a career in medicine and not on romance, Willa Duvall is thrown slightly off course during the summer of 1859 when she discovers a never-opened love letter in a crack of her old writing desk. Compelled to find the passionate soul who penned it and the person who never received it, she takes a job as a nurse at the seaside estate of Crestwicke Manor.

Everyone at Crestwicke has feelings
mostly negative onesabout the man who wrote the letter, but he seems to have disappeared. With plenty of enticing clues but few answers, Willa's search becomes even more complicated when she misplaces the letter and it passes from person to person in the house, each finding a thrilling or disheartening message in its words.

Laced with mysteries large and small, this romantic Victorian-era tale of love lost, love deferred, and love found is sure to delight.

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 Public Service Announcement from Willa Duvall, 
protagonist of The Love Note by Joanna Davidson Politano

Men are quick to propose to Willa Duvall, but do they know her at all? She’s more than her father’s able assistant in his clinic—more than the average hopeful romantic. Willa would like to pass these facts along to any men who might take an interest in her in the future, in an effort to weed out the ones who have no idea what they’re getting into.

Top 5 things that might surprise you about me:

As a child, I socked a bully in the nose. I may have been quiet, but I couldn’t stand by while he bullied the dearest person I know for a stutter. The little ingrate dragged his governess all the way to the barn to point me out as the culprit for his “broken” nose (which was actually just bloodied), but I didn’t get in trouble. She took one look at me and boxed the boy’s ears for lying.

I won’t be home to make you dinner every night. Not if there are lives to save. There are precious few doctors to look after the unfortunates in this world, and if they need me, so be it; you can make your own lamb stew.

Conversations with me may involve germ theories and infectious bacteria. If that doesn’t fascinate you, I probably won’t either. 

I’m wild as a stallion, so expect to give me my head now and again. I have a lot of strength and I need to use it.

I have a lot of opinions and energy and a great amount of ambition. And even though I’m prickly toward men at times, I secretly—very secretly—long to fall in love with a man who surprises and impresses me with each layer I peel back.






Joanna Davidson Politano is the award-winning author of Lady Jayne Disappears and A Rumored Fortune. She loves tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives and is eager to hear anyone's story. 

She lives with her husband and their two kids in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan. You can find her at www.jdpstories.com.




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10/27/20

Book Trailer

Hall Ways Blog

10/27/20

Review

Jennifer Silverwood

10/28/20

Character Interview

Reading by Moonlight

10/29/20

Review

Rainy Days with Amanda

10/30/20

Top Five

Story Schmoozing Book Reviews

10/30/20

Review

Carpe Diem Chronicles

10/31/20

Excerpt 1

All the Ups and Downs

11/1/20

Excerpt 2

Book Bustle

11/2/20

Author Interview

The Adventures of a Travelers Wife

11/2/20

Review

The Clueless Gent

11/3/20

Guest Post

Max Knight

11/4/20

Top Eight List

Chapter Break Book Blog

11/4/20

Review

Missus Gonzo

11/5/20

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Jennie Reads

11/5/20

Review

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: THE KISSING TREE by N. Deese, A. Dykes, R. Jennings, & K. Witemeyer ***REVIEW & GIVEAWAY***


THE KISSING TREE
Four Novellas Rooted in Timeless Love
by KAREN WITEMEYER, REGINA JENNINGS, 
AMANDA DYKES, and NICOLE DEESE

Genre: Christian / Romance / Anthology
Publisher: Bethany House
Date of Publication: October 13, 2020
Number of Pages: 400

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In this Texas-sized romance novella collection, courting couples, decades apart, leave a permanent mark of their love by carving their initials into the same oak's bark.

Regina Jennings: "Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts"
When a young man from her past returns and upends their small town with a new invention, schoolteacher Bella Eden is reminded of the heartbreak she suffered years ago under the old oak tree. When her job is on the line, can she trust the man who disrupted her life to help her fight for a brighter future?

Karen Witemeyer: "Inn for a Surprise"
Determined to keep love alive for others, Phoebe Woodward builds an inn that caters to couples. When her father sends a property manager to help make it a success, she finds her whimsical vision thwarted by his stodgy practicality. Finding the right blend of romance and reality is a challenge, and her spinster heart may be in for a surprise.

Amanda Dykes: "From Roots to Sky"
WWII airman Luke Hampstead found comfort in letters from the sister of a lost compatriot. When he visits Texas to thank her, he discovers her constructing a project with surprising ties to his letters . . . and that she herself is even more surprising. While a promising opportunity awaits him elsewhere, will what they've shared be enough to give their future flight?

Nicole Deese: "Heartwood"
Abby Brookshire's world is turned upside down when the historic tree she's strived to preserve as the head groundskeeper at the Kissing Tree Inn is put in danger of removal. Making matters worse, the only way to protect its legacy is to partner with the man she's been ignoring since he left town years ago. Will she have the courage to move on from the past and start a new beginning?


In the romantic anthology, The Kissing Tree, by authors Regina Jennings, Karen Witemeyer, Amanda Dykes, and Nicole Deese, you'll find four heartfelt stories about finding love through life's struggles, setbacks, and tremendous heartbreak. At the center of each tale, is a beautiful tree as large as the hearts of the four women whose love stories unfold in the little town of Oak Springs, Texas. Nicknamed The Kissing Tree for it's reputation of bringing couples together, as evidenced by all the initials carved into
it's trunk over the course of roughly a hundred years, the tree itself represents resilience. Having weathered many storms, much like the couples in these stories, in the end it endures (one way or another). 

Several prominent Christian themes are woven into each story. In Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts, Bella Eden suffers a career ending injury by a boy she never thought she'd see again. But, with the power of forgiveness Ella is able to move past her resentment and find peace and love. In Inn For A Surprise, Pheobe Woodward sets her pride aside and finally allows herself to accept the help she needs and finally find love in the process. In From Roots to Sky, Luke and Hannah both need healing from the tragic loss of a friend and a dear brother. But thankfully,  God can use a tragedy and turn it into a victory with a little faith.  Lastly, in Heartwood, Abby Brookshire learns not only to find peace in forgiving others, but also herself. 

Another theme that resonates in each story is the faith of these characters to trust in God through it all no matter the outcome. These four romantic and endearing stories are a perfect collection that you'll enjoy again and again. A satisfying collection about faith, healing, and the power of love. 

5 Stars!

Voted #1 Reader's Favorite Christian Romance Author of 2019 by Family Fiction Magazine, bestselling author  Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. She makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children.



Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, with a degree in English and a minor in history. She's the winner of the National Readers' Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist, and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and at First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She lives outside of Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.


Amanda Dykes is a drinker of tea, dweller of redemption, and spinner of hope-filled tales who spends most days chasing wonder and words with her family. She's a former English teacher and the author of Whose Waves These Are, a Booklist 2019 Top Ten Romance debut, as well as three novellas.



Nicole Deese's eight humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled novels include the 2017 Carol Award-winning A Season to Love. Her 2018 release, A New Shade of Summer, was a finalist in the RITA Awards, Carol Awards, and INSPY Awards. Both of these books are from her bestselling Love in Lenox series. When she's not working on her next contemporary romance, she can usually be found reading one by a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She lives in small-town Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two rambunctious sons, and princess daughter with the heart of a warrior.

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Six Winners!
Grand Prize: Print copy of The Kissing Tree plus a custom 18" x 3.5" wooden sign

Five Winners: Print Copy of The Kissing Tree
October 20-30, 2020
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10/22/20

BONUS Promo

Hall Ways Blog

10/22/20

Review

Chapter Break Book Blog

10/22/20

Review

Missus Gonzo

10/23/20

Review

Carpe Diem Chronicles

10/23/20

Review

Book Fidelity

10/24/20

Review

Story Schmoozing Book Reviews

10/24/20

Review

Librariel Book Adventures

10/25/20

Review

StoreyBook Reviews

10/25/20

Review

That's What She's Reading

10/26/20

BONUS Promo

All the Ups and Downs

10/26/20

Review

The Adventures of a Travelers Wife

10/26/20

Review

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