Monday, April 16, 2018

Lone Star Book Bloggers' Tour: A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot ***GIVEAWAY!***

A BORROWED DREAM
The Cimarron Creek Trilogy, Book 2
by
Amanda Cabot
Genre: Historical Romance / Inspirational Publisher: Revell Date of Publication: March 20, 2018
Number of Pages: 352

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Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the town doctor’s excessive bleeding treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek’s dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life without love or family, a life where dreams rarely come true.
Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He’s managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.
With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality.

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PRAISE FOR A BORROWED DREAM:

“Cabot’s sweet love story will appeal to readers of gentle romances. . .Although this title stands on its own, readers of A Stolen Heart (2017), the first in Cabot’s place-based trilogy, will be happy to revisit the folks of Cimarron Creek.” -- Booklist
“The second book in Cabot’s Cimarron Creek trilogy is even better than the first, with a dash of suspense, an intriguing bit of medical history and a host of enjoyable characters.” -- RT Book Reviews

PRAISE FOR A STOLEN HEART, BOOK ONE IN THE CIMARRON CREEK TRILOGY: 
“Readers will enjoy the surprising ending as well as the romance always found in Cabot’s books.”Publishers Weekly

“Moments of humor provide a nice balance to the heartwarming scenes and the mild suspense thread.”RT Book Reviews

“Cabot’s nonpreachy inspirational romance features characters who genuinely try to live honorable lives, and their story has broad appeal for readers of gentle fiction and historical romance as well as for readers of Christian fiction.”Booklist 

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Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of A Stolen Heart, the first book of the Cimarron Creek trilogy, as well as the Texas Crossroads series, the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. 
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THREE WINNERS 1ST: Copy of A Borrowed Dream, Novel Teas (25 count), Paddywax Library Collection Ralph Waldo Emerson Scented Soy Wax Candle, Cedar & Wild Fern (6.5oz) 
2ND: Copy of A Borrowed Dream + $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card 3RD: Copy of A Borrowed Dream + $10 Starbucks Gift Card
APRIL 12-21, 2018

VISIT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:
4/12/18
Excerpt 1
4/12/18
Excerpt 2
4/13/18
Review
4/13/18
Author Interview
4/14/18
Excerpt 3
4/14/18
Excerpt 4
4/15/18
Review
4/16/18
Notable Quotable
4/16/18
Notable Quotable
4/17/18
Review
4/18/18
Guest Post
4/19/18
Review
4/20/18
Scrapbook Page
4/21/18
Review
4/21/18
Review



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Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
400 pages
Published by Doubleday

Plot: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RΓͺves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway - a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. (2018, Goodreads.com)

Review:  The Night Circus was one of those books you just love reading.  It's magical and interesting and beautifully written.  There are so many elements to this story that it's hard to really put it into words.  It's not just a love story about Marco and Celia.  In fact, these two characters don't really even interact very much until the middle of the book.  This was one part of the story-line that I was disappointed with.  I would have liked their love story to have started sooner.  It felt like it took too long for Marco and Celia to actually interact and fall in love.  

But this story is not just about Marco and Celia - it is also about the circus and everyone involved.  From the designers to the entertainers, the Circus holds the fate of all of them.  But the true puppet masters are Marco's teacher and Celia's father, whose "game" has deadly consequences for any who wish to interfere.

The structure of The Night Circus is written in 2 parts.  The present and the future.  There is a third main character introduced named Bailey, but you don't really know what his part is in the circus until almost the end of the book.  But, it does provide for a good plot twist.  I did feel that there were unnecessary parts to the story that made it drag from time to time.  I would have liked for more interaction between Marco and Celia instead.   

As the summary above states, Marco and Celia are in a competition and the circus is their venue in which to display their skills in magic.  However, as Marco and Celia get older they not only realize that they are in love, but that one of them must die in order for their "game" to end.  They are tired and just want to be together.  But the magic binding them to their competition is unbreakable unless one of them dies.  They are bound to the circus, and although the other entertainers have no part in the game, their fates are also entwined with the continuation of the circus as well.  Their choices are impossible ones and sacrifices will have to be made.  Recommended for ages 15 and up!

This is a standalone novel.

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               4 Hearts!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Lone Star Book Bloggers' Tour: Mornings on Main: Guest Post by Author Jodi Thomas

MORNINGS ON MAIN:
A Small-Town Texas Novel
by
Jodi Thomas
Genre: Mainstream Romance Publisher: HQN
Number of Pages: 320 pages

AVAILABLE APRIL 10, 2018!


Jillian James has never had a place to call home. Desperate to make some quick cash before moving on again, she agrees to help an elderly woman close her beloved quilt shop.
Connor Larady’s grandmother has owned the shop all her life, but lately she has struggled with Alzheimer’s. Connor’s seventeen-year-old daughter has spent her whole life in Laurel Springs, Texas, and she feels restless. When Jillian moves to town, she represents travel, adventure and excitement.
Weaving together the story of three generations of women looking for a place to belong, Mornings on Main asks us to consider how we make our memories—what we remember, what we forget, what becomes part of our story—and remind us that it’s not where we live, but how we live that counts.



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“Which Character is Me?
Guest Post by Jodi Thomas

I love wandering into a small town and discovering its history and beauty… and most of all its people.

With MORNINGS ON MAIN I did just that in my mind.

People often ask me which character is me in a book.  I always say, “Them all.”

In this story I was a young woman driving through town looking for a place to stop for a few months.  Looking for a piece of her life that is missing.  She traveled light from town to town, not even packing a memory when she moved on.

I was an old woman losing her memory after a lifetime of collecting the history of the town she loved.

I was a teenager, wild and afraid.  Fighting to break free and make a few memories before life made her settled down.

MORNINGS ON MAIN weaves these three women’s stories together as the stories of the town’s history are displayed in quilts.  Quilts have always fascinated me.  I remember lying under my grandmother’s quilt from that drifted down from the ceiling.  I remember my mother quilting long after her mind had had been invaded by Alzheimer’s.  I loved seeing my sisters’ quilts displayed on their bedroom walls. 

But, I don’t quilt. 

My mother only read my first book before she stopped reading completely.  I’ll never forget what she said about my patchwork stories that blend together.  She said, “Jodi, you quilt with words.”

Stories dance in my head all the time, but now and then one lives on after I turn the book in.  MORNINGS ON MAIN is still waltzing in my thoughts.  I hope that people come as alive to you as they did to me.

Come visit my town and I hope you’ll stay for a while,

Jodi Thomas




With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 45 novels and 14 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.
In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.
Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.
When not working on a novel, or inspiring students to pursue writing careers, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating an historic home, and “checking up” on their grown sons and four grandchildren.


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4/3/18
Excerpt 1
4/3/18
Bonus Post
4/4/18
Review
4/5/18
Author Interview
4/6/18
Review
4/7/18
Excerpt 2
4/8/18
Guest Post
4/9/18
Review
4/10/18
Sneak Peek
4/11/18
Excerpt 3
4/12/18
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Friday, April 6, 2018

Pop Manga Mermaids and Other Sea Creatures (A Coloring Book) by Camilla d'Errico


Pop Manga Mermaids 
and Other Sea Creatures
Coloring Book by Camilla d'Errico
80 pages
Published by Watson-Guptill

*Available July 10, 2018

Review:  Loved the cover of this coloring book!  Very cute and original! The coloring pages within are very manga styled with lots of details.  Definitely will look very beautiful and colorful once you color the pages. As with manga in general, there are some strange pictures.  You have mermaids, but you also have girl/octopus and girl/shark drawings too! Just like the title says, there are other sea creatures to color as well - Narwhals, seals, starfish, etc...  Fun and unique coloring book that will keep you busy for hours!  Very detailed and beautifully drawn. There are also patterned background pages in addition to the different mermaid and other sea creature pages.  It you like manga art, then you will certainly appreciate this coloring book's theme and designs.  

*Recieved a DRC for an honest review.

Rating: 4 Hearts!
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