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Friday, May 31, 2019

Cameo Courtships Takeover Tour

Cameo Courtships

Title:  Cameo Courtships
Series: 4 Stories of Women Whose Lives Are Touched by a Legendary Gift
Author:  Susanne Dietze | Debra E. Marvin | Jennifer Uhlarik | Kathleen Y'Barbo
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 448 pages
Publication Date: June 1st, 2019
Publisher: Barbour Books
Genre:  Historical Fiction | Christian Fiction | Historical Romance | Clean Romance

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A Family Heirloom Inspires Romance
In 1851, a special cameo is gifted by Queen Victoria to Letitia Newton, who though considered an old maid, meets the perfect gentleman minutes after donning. Told by the Queen the cameo is to be shared, Letitia gifts the "Victoria Cameo" to a woman in her family, hoping adventure and romance will follow each of its subsequent wearers.

1851 – Pittsburgh, PA
After receiving the Victoria Cameo, aspiring journalist Clara Newton works to expose a smuggler, but reporter Byron Breaux must break the story first or lose his job. Working together is out of the question until they learn secrets that threaten Clara’s father. . .and her heart.

TAMING PETRA by Jennifer Uhlarik
1875 – Colorado Territory
Trouser-wearing frontierswoman Petra Jayne Hollingsworth has no intention of donning the heirloom cameo, but when a crooked brothel owner steals the treasure, securing its return becomes Petra’s highest priority. Assisting her, Reverend Dustin Owens is appalled to learn the price of its ransom is that Petra must work in the brothel. He may save the woman’s virtue, but can he help Petra regain her cameo and rediscover her faith?

MEET ME AT THE FAIR by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Spring 1885 – New Orleans during the 1884 World’s Fair and Cotton Exposition
It takes a Pinkerton to find a Pinkerton, and Ethan Butler has been charged with finding Elizabeth Newton. Just when he locates her, the cameo he is to deliver is stolen. It appears his previous case has discovered his presence in New Orleans, but he can’t return to that case until the cameo is found. With Miss Newton as a reluctant partner in crime fighting, can Ethan Butler locate the cameo and its thieves without losing his heart?

LENDING MY HEART by Debra E. Marvin
1895 – Pittsburgh, PA
The arrival of a handsome Scottish administrator ruins Miss Bertie Hart’s dream to oversee the new Carnegie Library children’s department. Yet bristly Mr. Russell Smart’s working-class determination and his love of books make him the perfect partner to better the lives of Pittsburgh’s poor. As for a partner in life? Not even her Victoria Cameo can narrow the social chasm he and her father keep between them. 

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Libby's Cuppa Joe by Rebecca Waters Spotlight

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Libby's Cuppa Joe by Rebecca Waters with JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: Libby's Cuppa Joe  
Author: Rebecca Waters
Publisher: Ambassador International  
Release Date: March 8, 2018  
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Can grace and love be found amongst coffee grounds?

Sonja Parker is about to find out.

Excited to leave her stale life in the big city behind, Sonja takes the money her grandmother left her and purchases Libby's Cuppa Joe, a thriving coffee shop in a small community in Wisconsin's Door County. Sonja may have business sense, but is she ready to face the world on her own?

Sonja soon discovers owning a business requires more than offering a good cup of coffee. She must make major repairs to the building as well as major repairs to her heart. Do the former owners, Libby and Joe hold the answer? As Sonja seeks to make Libby's Cuppa Joe a viable business, can she also find herself and the God she has abandoned?

Libby's Cuppa Joe is a riveting tale of second chances, forgiveness, and not living on borrowed faith.

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“You must be the new owner of Libby’s,” the young woman at the library desk noted when Sonja asked about internet access on Monday afternoon. 
Sonja was quickly learning everyone in Fish Creek knew who she was. She was also learning everyone referred to the store she now owned simply as Libby’s. She had introduced herself to the young couple from The Potter’s Wheel on Sunday afternoon. They, too, had greeted her with a “You must be the new owner of Libby’s.”
“I’m Sonja,” she said, her hand extended in friendship.
“I’m Rose.” Rose’s hair was long and pulled back loosely in a ponytail. Wisps of her fine, blonde hair escaped the elastic holder, framing her face. Her smile was genuine. Sonja guessed her to be in her mid-to-late twenties. Rose led Sonja to a counter where four desktop computers were set at the ready.
“Oh, I brought my laptop,” Sonja informed the young librarian. 
“No problem. We have free wireless. Did you want to get a library card?”
I wonder if getting a card is required to use the wireless. It wasn’t that she was opposed to getting a card; she was merely anxious to get started on her work. Sonja twisted the strap on her laptop case.
“Sure.” Sonja filled out the form Rose placed in front of her.
“It’ll be ready in a minute. If you want to do your internet stuff, feel free to sit anywhere. I’ll type this in and have your card here when you leave.”
Sonja looked around the room. She was the only patron. The library was small—much smaller than the branch library she used in Kenosha—and even that library she considered tiny compared to the one she enjoyed in San Diego. This library was, in fact, an extension of the town’s post office and tourist information center. There were open tables in the middle of the room. Sonja started toward the one farthest away from the desk where Rose worked but thought it might send a message that she was unfriendly. She moved to the second table and unloaded her laptop from the case. 



Rebecca Waters has been a writer most of her life. Her first published work was a story in the school newspaper she wrote in second grade. For many years Rebecca used her stories as illustrations in church settings and to entertain her own three daughters. Her professional writing included educational articles and research. Following her retirement as a professor of education from Cincinnati Christian University, Rebecca turned her pen to the world of fiction. She has also published several articles in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Lookout Magazine, and Home Health Aide Digest. Her first novel, Breathing on Her Own, was released in 2014.  

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Monday, May 27, 2019

The Missing Season REVIEW

The Missing Season
Title:  The Missing Season
Author:  Gillian French
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 304 pages
Publication Date: May 21st 2019
Publisher: Harper Teen
Edition:  Hardcover
Genre:  young adult mystery, fiction, thriller & suspense
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  


Whenever another kid goes missing in October, the Pender kids know what is really behind it: a horrific monster out in the marshes they have named the Mumbler.

That’s what Clara’s new crew tells her when she moves to town: Bree and Sage, who take her under their wing; spirited Trace, who has taken the lead on this year’s Halloween prank war; and magnetic Kincaid, whose devil-may-care attitude and air of mystery are impossible for Clara to resist.

Clara doesn’t actually believe in the Mumbler. But as Halloween gets closer and tensions build in the town, it’s hard to shake the feeling that there really is something dark and dangerous in Pender, lurking in the shadows, waiting to bring the stories to life.

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Main Characters

Clara Morrison- a teenager who moves around a lot
Bree & Sage- Clara's new friends
Kincaid- skater boy, Clara's crush


Clara moves to a small town with a ghost story about the Mumbler who every year around Halloween kills a local teen. The book is told from Clara's point of view. She's an outsider moving after the start of a new school year. Much like the readers, everything is new and we slowly learn together the local's urban legend. I like the disbelief, spookiness of the setting, and completely unsure if the new friends are unreliable storytellers or not. 
"Mumbler, Mumbler, in your bed,
Mumbler, Mumbler, take your head,
Eat your nose,
Gobble your toes,
And bury you where the milkweed grows."


Pender- a small US dying town around Halloween.

Dying trees, pumpkin decorations, candy tributes - makes me wish for fall (kind of- also looking forward to this summer season). Why wasn't this published in September/October? That would've been perfect.


scary story | local superstition | urban legend

What did I like about the book?

Because of her dad's construction job, Clara moves a lot and it can sometimes be hard to make new friends. Being an Army wife, I can totally relate to this. Wanting to connect, to make friends and being gullible.  I really connected with the main character and her desire to both make friends and not be naive.

The urban legend was great, vague details with slightly different accounts on what happened. Ohio has a lot of such tales with kids and adults alike holding their breath when crossing a bridge or visiting a cornfield at a certain time and flashing headlights while saying a certain name/phrase. In Pender there is graffiti warning to Fear Him all over but especially in the woods near the marsh which is where the Mumbler is thought to live. The setting did an amazing job lending an air of spookiness to the read.

The COVER! You really get a good sense of the setting from the cover with the dead trees and kids running in the background. ❤

I have not read any other books by this author, but I totally would again. The pacing, language, and teenage personalities were totally spot on. I loved how the characters each tried to be cool while dealing with personal crap.

What did I not like about the book?

N/A - maybe some of the language (limited) and typical teen stuff was portrayed like skipping class, drugs & alcohol, pranks but it really seemed mild

Date Started/Finished : May 22nd- 23rd 2019

Recommend? yes

You may like this if you like reading about urban legends. I liked how it kept me guessing. Is this a paranormal or magical realism story? Is it just a prank? Is there really a serial killer?
The Missing SeasonThe Missing Season by Gillian French
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Rating: 4/★★★★★
based off Goodreads' ratings: 4 stars – really liked it, really enjoyable. Definitely recommend and I like seeing it on my bookshelf or lending it out to friends.

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