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Review of Sinking by Sarah Armstrong-Garner

I’m so excited to be a part of Sinking’s blog tour!

I’m going to tell you all about the book in a moment, but first I’ve got to tell you why I love Sinking so much.

I was one of the first people to read it.

Ages ago (I don’t even remember how many years. Three? Five?) my friend and I each had a secret. We’d both written a book! (And I think we were both scared to let anyone else read it.) So we exchanged our manuscripts and promised to tell each other the absolute truth–what we thought of each other’s books. Sarah read Zombie Takeover; I read Sinking.

And I fell in love.

Sarah’s characters were so rich, so full of life, I could not put the book down. And the tale she weaves was so gripping, I read the thing in a night. So. Freaking. Good.

Sarah spent the next three to five years seeking publication with the same, tried and true response. “We like your story; it’s just not right for our publishing house.”

(I am so familiar with these words.)

But I couldn’t get over how much I loved her book. She had to get it published!

Enter L2L2 Publishing.

They published my book–shouldn’t they publish Sarah’s as well?

Um, yes. And they did. And now I get to gush all over the place about Sarah’s amazing book!

Here is the back cover copy:

Jocelyn washes up on the shore of eighteenth century Ireland, alone, naked, and missing all of her memories. Taken in by a lonely old woman full of plots and schemes for the lovely yet enigmatic creature, Jocelyn knows only one thing. She longs for the sea with every ounce of her being. Yet it tried to kill her.

Aidan Boyd loves two things. His ship and the sea. When Jocelyn is thrust upon his vessel in the midst of his superstitious crew, he finds himself intoxicated by her—willing to give up everything for her. He soon finds he cannot live without her.

But something holds Jocelyn back. The whisper of another’s love. The embrace of water. Does she belong to this world? Or could Jocelyn possibly be from the sea?

Doesn’t that make you want to snuggle up with a warm blanket, hot chocolate, and this amazing book?

Check out Sarah’s website, her Facebook or Twitter, and her listings on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

(Btw, her eBook has a special pre-order price of $2.99; it goes up to $4.99 the day after her Facebook Launch Party! Don’t miss the special pre-order price!)

Don’t forget to check out the rest of her blog tour stops, beginning with Archaeolibrarian tomorrow. They have an awesome interview with the author herself. I can’t wait to read it!

Happy Reading!

In Him,

Michele

Storming by K.M. Weiland

I tend to only review novels I enjoy for a reason.

One, I want to share with you my absolute faves.

Two, why be negative? Why waste your time talking about something I don’t like? I want to share the best of the best!

And three, there is nothing better in the world than a good book.

Enter Storming by K.M. Weiland.

I have savored every word of this book. Every glorious, thrilling word.

And I have a confession to make. I had never before read a novel by K.M. Weiland, and this is her fourth full-length work of fiction.

(Hides face in shame)

I am a HUGE fan of her writerly books, Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel (and their corresponding workbooks), but I have been too scared to read any of her other books.

Why?

K.M. Weiland is a genius. Her website, Helping Writers Become Authors, has changed my life and the way I write.

What if my faith in her was completely crushed because–gasp!–I didn’t like her novel???

(Holds breath while reading entire novel)

Let’s just say, my fears were childish, crazy, and just plain wrong.

Storming may have been the best book I’ve read this year.

When K.M. Weiland contacted me and asked me to review Storming, I danced around my house like a crazy person and told my husband just shy of a million times that she had contacted me. ME.

I had no idea what to expect.

Would she follow her own outlining and structuring advice? Would it make for a good book? Could she write?

Okay, I knew the girl could write (just read a few articles on her website), but could she write fiction?

Um, yes.

Absolutely, unequivocally, yes.

If you like dieselpunk adventure novels, then this is for you.

Don’t know what dieselpunk is? I didn’t either! Check it out; it is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

In fact, here is the back cover copy just to prove it:

In the high-flying, heady world of 1920s aviation, brash pilot Robert “Hitch” Hitchcock’s life does a barrel roll when a young woman in an old-fashioned ball gown falls from the clouds smack in front of his biplane. As fearless as she is peculiar, Jael immediately proves she’s game for just about anything, including wing-walking in his struggling airshow. In return for her help, she demands a ride back home . . . to the sky.

Hitch thinks she’s nuts—until he steers his plane into the midst of a bizarre storm and nearly crashes into a strange airship like none he’s ever run afoul of, an airship with the power to control the weather. Caught between a corrupt sheriff and dangerous new enemies from above, Hitch must take his last chance to gain forgiveness from his estranged family, deliver Jael safely home before she flies off with his freewheeling heart, and save his Nebraska hometown from storm-wielding sky pirates.

Cocky, funny, and full of heart, Storming is a jaunty historical/dieselpunk mash-up that combines rip-roaring adventure and small-town charm with the thrill of futuristic possibilities.

Just reading that again makes me want to snatch up the book and read it again.

Hey, that’s not a bad idea…

(Searches for Kindle, then remembers to finish blog post)

There was never a dull moment. Every word mattered.

Every. Single. Word.

K.M. Weiland is a master storyteller. I was hooked throughout the entire tale.

Now I need to read the rest of her books.

Immediately.

And you need to read Storming.

Why are you still reading this review?

Go buy it!!! :)

In Him,

Michele

P.S. Learn more about this amazing author at kmweiland.com and helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com. And, of course, check out her Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. This author is one to watch!

P.S.S. The Kindle version of Storming is only $2.99! I have no idea how long this will last, so for the love of doughnuts, get thyself to Amazon! :)

A Reluctant Assassin by JC Morrows


A Reluctant Assassin.

This book is just like Cinderella. There’s a ball, the ladies of the land vie for the prince’s attention, there is music and dancing and romance, Cinderella is sent to kill the prince…

Wait, what?

Okay, maybe it’s not exactly like Cinderella…

I first saw the cover of this book on Goodreads, where the author was hosting a giveaway for her soon-to-be-released book, A Reluctant Assassin.

Come on. You know how I feel about covers.

I immediately entered the giveaway–based on the cover alone–and WON. (I know! That almost never happens!)

Then I read what the book was about. (I do things backward, I know.) ;)

Her mission was simple—get close to the Prince, and kill him…

Kayden entered the palace under a lie, one designed to get her close to the Prince. On the outside, she may look like a princess, but beneath the mask, a killer lies in wait—for the perfect moment.

Dvarius was not ready to take the crown, nor was he ready for a wife… But due to his father’s unexpected death and an archaic law—he must find a bride before he is allowed to take his rightful place on the throne.

And the one woman he wants—just might be there to kill him…

How cool is that?

This book was so good I instantly knew I wanted to share my find with all of you.

I was hooked for the entirety of the book and was crazy upset when it ended.

I need book two. Right now.

(Look at that gorgeous red hair!)

But…since it’s not out yet…I comforted myself with hot chocolate and reading A Reluctant Assassin again.

It was that good.

What do you think of it?

Happy reading!

In Him,

Michele

P.S. Wanna know a little more about the author? Or perhaps when her next book releases? Follow JC Morrow’s Facebook page or peruse her website to learn more. God bless!

 

A Reluctant Assassin

A Reluctant Assassin

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Series: Order of the Moonstone, Book 1
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Thriller
ASIN: B0137ZPN92
Excellent, spine-tingling thriller and romance. Every odd is stacked against Kayden and Dvarius--the main one being that she means to assassinate him. But their attraction for each other keeps getting in the way, as well as the niggling doubt that Prince Dvarius may not be the awful person she was led to believe he was. Throw in a crazy twist, and...well. You have this mesmerizing book. Just read it!
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Her mission was simple—get close to the Prince, and kill him…

Kayden entered the palace under a lie, one designed to get her close to the Prince. On the outside, she may look like a princess but beneath the mask, a killer lays in wait—for the perfect moment.

Dvarius was not ready to take the crown, nor was he ready for a wife… But due to his father’s unexpected death and an archaic law—he must find a bride before he is allowed to take his rightful place on the throne…

And the one woman he wants—just might be the one who is there to kill him…

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Would you like a copy of The Bound Heart?

Today is release day! Woohoo!

To celebrate, author Dawn Crandall is giving away FIVE copies of her paperback release, The Bound Heart.

(You can enter the giveaway on Goodreads or her website.) Actually, that’s two different giveaways. TEN copies, people! How cool is that? :)

Just like The Hesitant Heiress, the first book in the Everstone Chronicles, The Bound Heart has been crazy successful as an ebook. Because of this, her publishing house is releasing her trilogy in paperback. Look for The Captive Imposter next month!

Probably the most heartbreaking story of the three, The Bound Heart follows Meredyth…wait. Why am I telling you about it? Here’s the back cover copy!

One accidental kiss from Lawry Hampton. That was all it took to throw Meredyth Summercourt’s world upside down. Determined to marry the ever-elusive Vance Everstone, she simply doesn’t have the time or desire to fall for her best friend Lawry Hampton. But with Vance out of the country, Lawry is at her side nearly every day, teaching her what the world is like through the eyes of a little orphan girl named Wynn. Now Meredyth can’t deny that what’s holding her to Vance is nothing more than a desire to redeem herself from her past. Will she marry Vance once he returns from Europe? Or will she be strong enough to break free from the tangled web she’s convinced she deserves, and accept that God’s plan for her life includes redemption…and, quite possibly, Lawry Hampton?

Such a lovely romance! And I love the redemptive thread woven throughout.

If you like gothic novels with sweet romance, you just might love this book as much as I did.

So, check out the paperback release on Amazon or any other online retailer, if you so desire.

(Doesn’t the lovely Dawn Crandall look incredibly happy to have her books in print? I know I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these!)

God bless and happy reading!

In Him,

Michele

The Bound Heart

The Bound Heart

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Series: Everstone Chronicles, Book 2
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
ASIN: 1629116599
Meredyth holds a secret close--a secret she believes makes her unworthy of love. Will Lawry, her best friend, be able to prove to her otherwise? A heart-rending tale of forgiveness and redemption--you do not want to miss this!
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One accidental kiss from Lawry Hampton. That was all it took to throw Meredyth Summercourt’s world upside-down. Determined to marry the ever-elusive Vance Everstone, she simply doesn’t have the time or the desire to fall for her best friend. But with Vance out of the country, and with Lawry at her side nearly every day, teaching her what the world is like through the eyes of a little orphan girl named Wynn–Meredyth can’t deny that what’s holding her to Vance is nothing more than a desire to redeem herself from her past. Will she marry Vance once he returns from Europe? Or will she be strong enough to break free from the tangled web she’s convinced she deserves, and accept that God’s plan for her life includes redemption…and, quite possibly, Lawry Hampton?

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Chivalrous by Dina Sleiman

Gwendolyn Barnes dreams of being a knight, but her abusive father will tolerate no such thing. Trained in secret by her brothers, Gwendolyn prays he never finds out.

Until she meets Sir Allen of Ellsworth, a kind knight who speaks of an even kinder God.

Her hopes of marrying Sir Allen are dashed when her father says she will marry a man as cruel as himself–and Sir Allen becomes betrothed to another.

Can she believe in a God who says He has good plans for her, only to crush every sliver of hope that springs to life within her? Find out in this amazing, spectacular, incredible book.

Seriously. I can’t get over how good this book was.

In book one of the Valiant Hearts series, Dauntless, Dina Sleiman weaves a story of the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest, a Robin Hood-esque band of outlaws who must survive under the harsh rule of King John. Oh, and another thing. They are children. Led by a deposed Baron’s daughter, Lady Merry Ellison.

Book two, Chivalrous, seamlessly entwines the fate of the ghosts with that of the North Britannia, a King Arthur-like kingdom that values honor above nobility or rank. Overflowing with action, yearning, and impossible odds, both books have quickly moved to my favorites list.

And I want book three. Like, right now.

Two things instantly made me love this book.

1) I recently had a baby and named her Gwen. (And we considered Gwendolyn–but Gwenivere won.)

Anyway.

Best. Name. Ever.

2) I watched A Knight’s Tale the night before starting this book. Oh my goodness. If that doesn’t put you in a jousting state of mind, nothing will!

Okay. I have to add a “three.”

3) Who on God’s green earth doesn’t love King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table??? (Hence naming my daughter Gwenivere. Different spelling, but still…)

And once again, Dina Sleiman did an AMAZING job hinting at King Arthur, but making up a story that was entirely her own. Just as she did with Robin Hood in Dauntless. (See my review of Dauntless here.)

Yep. Definitely one of my favorite authors. Cannot wait for book three, Courageous.

And while you do not need to read the first book to enjoy the second, I highly recommend it. These books are just too good not to be read together!

Aren’t these covers just lovely? I mean, come on. You’ve got to have awesome covers to match the awesomeness inside. Just sayin’.

Happy reading!

In Him,

Michele

Chivalrous

Chivalrous

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Series: Valiant Hearts, Book 2
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
ASIN: B012H0ZS5M
Gwendolyn wants nothing more than to be a knight--and to have her father's love. Denied both, her despair slowly fades into hope when she meets Sir Allen of Ellsworth, a kind knight who just may be the answer to the prayers she's been afraid to utter. But when Sir Allen and the life he offers is denied her as well, will she place her trust in a God who seems as cruel as her earthly father? Or is He?
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Strong and adventurous Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight like her chivalrous brothers. However, that is not an option for her, not even in the Arthurian-inspired Eden where she dwells. Her parents view her only as a marriage pawn, and her domineering father is determined to see her wed to a brutish man who will break her spirit.

When handsome, good-hearted Allen of Ellsworth arrives in Edendale searching for his place in the world, Gwendolyn spies in him the sort of fellow she could imagine marrying. Yet fate seems determined to keep them apart. Tournaments, intrigue, and battles–along with twists and turns aplenty–await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies.

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