A Most Inconvenient Love by Ruth Logan Herne (Blog Tour)

A Most Inconvenient Love - Front Cover.jpgRuth Logan Herne’s novella collection, The Sewing Sisters’ Society, introduced the grumpy bachelor Levi Eichas and his three sisters, and showed them starting to break free from the drudgery and restrictions that they had continued to live with after their father’s death.  Levi found love and his sister’s unique talents began to gain appreciation.

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The Sewing Sisters Society by Ruth Logan Hearne (blog tour)

Sewing Sisters Cover 2 (4).jpgThe Sewing Sisters’ Society is a collection of three novellas set in a small frontier town of Last Chance, South Dakota.  Hattie McGillicuddy of Hattie’s Shirt Shop, Fine Goods Made to Order, welcomes three new assistants in a row, no experience required.  Hattie appreciates the independence her shop gives her, and she’s determined to help other women find their new start, and new loves as well. Continue reading

First Line Friday: Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured quote is taken from a finished copy I received for a review tour with Just Read Tours.  This book is available now from WhiteFire Publishing in ebook or trade paperback.


I just read the first lines of Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations by V. Joy Palmer and if I could, I would take the day off work to just sit and read it.  And I have a suspicion that it should come with a tissue warning, since I might laugh hard enough for my eyes to tear up if those few lines of the prologue and first chapter are any indication.

Here are the first lines from Chapter One (I’m saving the prologue’s first line to share when visiting other blogs to read their first lines, and it is a hoot!):

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The Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy (book review & tour giveaway link)


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy with JustRead Publicity Tours!


9781493417209Title: The Unexpected Champion
Series: High Sierra Sweethearts, Book 3
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Genre: Historical Romance / Western

They’re as Different as Could Be.
But They’ll Need to Trust Each Other to Survive
the Wilderness . . . and the Dangers Chasing Them.

City dweller John McCall never expected to be out in the High Sierras of 1868 on a wild-goose chase to find the Chiltons’ supposedly lost grandson. But now that he’s out here, things have gotten even more complicated, mostly due to wildcat Penny Scott. She’s not like any woman he’s ever met–comfortable in the woods, with a horse, and with a gun.

When Penny and John are taken against their will by a shadowy figure looking for evidence they don’t have, both realize they’ve stumbled into something dangerous. With their friends and family desperately searching for them, Penny and John must make a daring escape.

When they emerge back into the real world, they discover their kidnapper just won’t stop. This city man and country woman must bring a powerful, ruthless man to justice, all while fighting a very inconvenient attraction to each other.

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With a deceptively peaceful opening for a Mary Connealy book, the third in her High Sierra Sweethearts trilogy begins with Penny Scott wanting nothing to do with John McCall, the Pinkerton agent who came west to retrieve (Penny would say kidnap) her nephew.  And John, well, he’s still rather shocked by Penny’s manner and dress, or rather, pants.  But after being kidnapped together, and then going on the hunt for their kidnappers, their growing respect for each other slowly turns to attraction and to love.

More Western adventure than pure romance, though, and what a rip-roaring adventure this turned out to be!  With twists and turns, malevolent villains, and enough danger and excitement to go around for the whole family and their ranch hands, too. And as far as city man/country woman romances go, The Unexpected Championis top notch.  Due, in no small part, to the mutual respect and the partnership that springs up between them.

One of the things I’ve appreciated so much about this particular trilogy is that the Hero of each novel isn’t automatically the best choice for every bit of daring-do, and he knows it.  In this final entry in the trilogy, John is quick to recognize Penny’s skills and resourcefulness.  But often, it is one of the dedicated ranch hands, and I do hope to encounter them both in future Mary Connealy novels.

Skillfully plotted, quickly paced, and filled with the author’s signature mix of romance, cowboys, faith, and comedy, this is a fun and exciting finale to another highly enjoyable trilogy from Mary Connealy.  This is a must read for fans of Pinkerton agents and unconventional women in fiction, The High Sierra Sweethearts novels in particular, Connealy fans in general, or readers who are just curious to give her writing a try.  While reading them in order will doubtless add to the reader’s enjoyment, there are enough reminders along the way to inform or remind the reader of what went on before.

Highly recommended, but be prepared – you might not want to put it down.

This review refers to a finished copy I voluntarily received from the publisher for participation in a blog tour with Just Read Tours.  A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.



MaryConnealy by Ginger Murray Photography
Photo courtesy of Ginger Murray Photography

Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

CONNECT WITH MARY: website, facebook, twitter, instagram

You can also find Mary at these sites: Seekerville and Petticoats & Pistols

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First Line Friday: Up from the Sea

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.


Amanda Dykes’ novella Up from the Sea is caught me up in it’s fairytale feel and gorgeous language, as Savannah Mae Thorpe and the man her cousin describes as “our lumberjack,” Alastair Bliss, climb up from an island into the lush forests of a mountain in Maine searching for proof of a fable.

To save her land from being sold by her uncle/guardian, Savannah must find something of value on the mountain.  As she and Alastair, in 1925, search for a place of local legend her mother wove stories about, there are parallels between their tale and that of the King’s Trees in the time of the American Revolution.

As a prequel novella, Up from the Sea certainly does it’s job in drawing the reader into a world and planting anticipation of the coming novel.  But it is also a complete experience in itself, leaving the reader blissfully satisfied.

Here is the first line:

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Eat, Live, Thrive Diet: A Lifestyle Plan to Rev Up Your Midlife Metabolism by Danna Demetre and Robyn Thomson


From the well-known health and lifestyle coaches of the widely popular website Lean Healthy Ageless (formerly Ageless Woman Living) comes a practical, science-based diet book that unravels the mystery of why women gain weight as they age and includes a sustainable plan to permanently lose the pounds and inches.

Eat, Live, Thrive Diet shows women how they can not only lose excess body fat permanently but also improve their overall health in critical areas such as brain function, resistance to disease, slowing down external aging, and increasing energy. This highly effective eating plan is presented in a compassionate voice by two experienced health coaches who share personal experiences of battling weight and emotional eating issues. Whereas most diets are short-lived or require substantial upkeep to maintain, Eat, Live, Thrive Diet is a viable eating plan that women can adhere to indefinitely. In addition to minimizing sugar intake, the plan emphasizes the importance of short-term intermittent fasting–a simple lifestyle change that makes it easier and more effective for many mature women to reach their health and weight loss goals. The book also highlights health risks and drawbacks of many popular fad diets that can be harmful on a long-term basis.

My Thoughts

In Eat, Live, Thrive Diet authors Danna Demetre and Robyn Thomson have combined their own experiences, modern science, and a God-centered approach to provide a guide to a new type of nutritional lifestyle for those experiencing midlife changes.  From what we eat, to when, and to how long it takes to digest it, they explain their approach in easy to understand terms and provide tools and examples that will aid the reader in applying the principles.

Reading a diet book through from start to finish and evaluating both the practicalities and possible health consequences is a worthwhile precaution.  Having done this with Danna Demetre and Robyn Thomson’s Eat, Live, Thrive Diet,I was pleased to find that in some respects I am on the right track and with a few adjustments may begin to see some of the results possible with, for example, intermittent fasting.  So I am excited to now go through the text again with the intention of incorporating more of this practical and attainable lifestyle plan and hope to see some of the promised revving of my midlife metabolism.

While elimination diets, intermittent fasting, and positive self talk are not new ideas, they are brought together and made more approachable in Eat, Live, Thrive Diet.  With lists, worksheets, a recipe section, and helpful Q&A’s, the authors have chosen to focus primarily on concerns of women in midlife, sharing their own struggles with weight and their reliance on faith.

If, like me, you’ve found midlife to be a bit unkind in the weight department, whether those struggles are new or a continuation with new midlife challenges, this is a book I would recommend be read and used (after doing your due diligence in looking at any possible health related issues) as a tool to help take positive steps.

Through reading Eat, Live, Thrive Diet as a part of the launch team, I’ve also become aware of the support available online through the website and Facebook groups run by the authors.  So, if the personal interaction and accountability that goes with such groups is something that helps motivate you, they are well worth checking out.

Eat, Live, Thrive Diet: A Lifestyle Plan to Rev Up Your Midlife Metabolism by Danna Demetre and Robyn Thomson | Waterbrook, March 26, 2019 | paperback, 272 pages

This review refers to an uncorrected proof I received for review purposes as part of Waterbrook Multnomah’s book launch program.  A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

Beauty in Hiding by Robin Patchen (Tour Review)

BeautyInHiding_patchenSecond of three in Robin Patchen’s Beauty in Flight trilogy, Beauty in Hiding continues the suspenseful tale begun in Beauty in Flight.  Having fled Maryland and more than one threat, Harper Cloud and Red Burns take up residence in Nutfield, New Hampshire.  Posing as Red’s granddaughter, Harper’s plans to lie low are jeopardized by Red’s memory issues and the generosity of their new landlord.

Sure that Jack Rossi must have an ulterior motive, Harper takes some time to warm up to him, even as she finds herself beginning to build relationships in the small town.  And they are all thanks to Jack.  But as expected, their randomly chose location does not go undiscovered and danger once again threatens by the end of this second installment.

Having a truly decent man take an interest in Harper, and her slow acceptance of idea of a man treating her decently, is an enjoyable development in what is very much the calm within the storm of her life in this series.  But while this brief interlude sees Harper and Red tucked away and relatively safe, the tension and suspense never fully abate.

While introducing the possibility of romance and a decent life in Nutfield, all of the elements that made Beauty in Flight and enjoyable read are still in evidence.  This is a series that should definitely be read in order, with the endings of the first two installments leaving the reader in anticipation of the next.  Fortunately, the entire series is now available.

Beauty in Hiding (Beauty in Flight, #2) by Robin Patchen | JDO Publishing, January 2019 | ebook, 201 pages

This review refers to a digital copy received courtesy of the author to enable participation in review tour with JustReadTours.  A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

Beauty in Flight series reviewer tour

Book Description:

Nutfield, New Hampshire, is as good a place as any to hide from the murderer Harper left behind in Maryland. All she has to do is lie low and make enough money to keep herself and Red alive until she can figure out who her enemies are.

Jack Rossi is mystified by his beautiful new tenant and her confused grandfather. Something’s not right, but the love he sees between them and the care she takes of the old man convinces Jack they’re trustworthy. As drawn as he is to Harper, she’s his tenant, so she’s off limits.

Derrick, Harper’s ex-boyfriend and Red’s grandson, needs to find his grandfather and get his hands on the old man’s money before Derrick ends up with a bullet in the skull. And when he gets his hands on Harper, she’ll be sorry for what she’s put him through.

Harper and Jack grow closer, but so do her enemies. If the truth comes out, she may lose her freedom—or her life.