Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Blog Stops

Connect in Fiction, December 14
Inklings and notions, December 14
Godly Book Reviews, December 15
Blogging With Carol, December 15
Mary Hake, December 16
Carpe Diem, December 17
Maureen’s Musings, December 18
All-of-a-kind Mom, December 18
Texas Book-aholic, December 19
Christian Bookaholic, December 20
cultivating us, December 20
Bibliophile Reviews, December 22
Simple Harvest Reads, December 24 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Janices book reviews, December 25
The Becca Files, December 26
Bigreadersite, December 26

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


About the Book

Book Title: Hidden Among The Stars  
Author: Melanie Dobson  
Genre: Historical Fiction (However, this is a time-slip novel, so there is also a contemporary component to the story)
Release date: September 4, 2018  

From the award-winning author of Catching the Wind, which Publishers Weekly called “unforgettable” and a “must-read,” comes another gripping time-slip novel about hidden treasure, a castle, and ordinary people who resisted evil in their own extraordinary way. The year is 1938, and as Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter, who is eager to help the man she’s loved her entire life. But when Max also brings Luzia Weiss, a young Jewish woman, to hide at the castle, it complicates Annika’s feelings and puts their entire plan—even their very lives—in jeopardy. Especially when the Nazis come to scour the estate and find both Luzia and the treasure gone. Eighty years later, Callie Randall is mostly content with her quiet life, running a bookstore with her sister and reaching out into the world through her blog. Then she finds a cryptic list in an old edition of Bambi that connects her to Annika’s story . . . and maybe to the long-buried story of a dear friend. As she digs into the past, Callie must risk venturing outside the safe world she’s built for a chance at answers, adventure, and maybe even new love.

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About the Author

Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of nearly twenty historical romance, suspense, and time-slip novels including Catching the Wind and Chateau of Secrets . Three of her novels have won Carol Awards; Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010; and The Black Cloister won the Foreword Magazine Religious Fiction Book of the Year. Melanie is the former corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and owner of the publicity firm Dobson Media Group. When she isn’t writing, Melanie enjoys teaching both writing and public relations classes at George Fox University. Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with work, the Dobson family has settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to hike and camp in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and along the Pacific Coast. Melanie also enjoys exploring ghost towns and abandoned homes, helping care for kids in her community, and reading stories with her girls. Visit Melanie online at

Guest Post from Melanie

Hallstatt’s Hiding Places
Backpacking across Europe—that’s how my husband Jon and I decided to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. We savored the old world culture and charm as we hiked along Italy’s coast, toured medieval castles in Germany, and cruised the canals in Belgium; we both left a bit of our hearts in an ancient lakeside town called Hallstatt. The moment we stepped off the ferryboat and into this storybook village, we crossed through a portal of sorts, traveling back several centuries in time. The rugged, snow-capped mountains around us and alpine lake, the quaint village with its church steeples and cobblestone lanes and waterfall that spilled into town—all of it captivated us. Along the shore, hidden partially by trees, we could see spires of an abandoned castle, and I wanted to know its story. No one in Hallstatt could tell us who’d lived in the castle—at least, not in English—so my husband agreed to a new adventure. With a swan as our escort, we glided across the lake in an electric boat so I could study the rusty turrets, boarded windows, and wooden boathouse resting in the water like a felled log. Instead of quelling my curiosity, the match of inspiration ignited my mind. Who had lived in this castle, and what happened there? I began writing in my journal that night, trying to capture my rogue thoughts on paper, hoping that one day a novel would emerge from the ashes of this castle’s story. When we returned home, I began researching more of Hallstatt’s history and discovered that this region, in all of its beauty and mystique, had been infiltrated by an enemy in 1938. This town and the surrounding Salzkammergut became a mountain retreat for Nazi officials who built mansions on the shores of its many lakes and used salt mines to hide “ownerless treasure”—the gold bullion and artwork they’d stolen from the Jewish people. The Nazis intended to build a Fourth Reich in this alpine fortress, but the Allies had other plans. Near the end of the war, these lakes became a dustbin of sorts, collecting whatever the enemy dumped into its waters—weapons, counterfeit banknotes, concentration camp lists—as they fled south from the Allied troops. The Devil’s Dustbin, locals call it. Lake Hallstatt plunges more than four hundred feet between the fortress of mountains. Because of its depth and the many hiding places in the underwater forests, caves, and shifting sands, divers continue finding World War II artifacts today. Some still believe there’s a treasure trove buried on the bottom, but no one has reported finding any gold. After our trip, a story about this castle and what happened to the heirlooms of the Austrian Jewish people continued to burn inside me until I finally put it on paper. So I built Schloss Schwansee—Castle of Swan Lake—in my mind, inspired by the castle along Lake Hallstatt, and created a cast of historical and contemporary characters who are searching for lost treasure. Hidden Among the Stars is a time-slip novel about a castle and treasure and fairytales, but most of all, it’s a story about God using ordinary people across Austria to resist evil in their own extraordinary way.

MY THOUGHTS AND VIEWS OF THIS READ:  I really have come to enjoy Historical Fiction and especially in cases where the past and the present come togetherCome on a journey to Austria and the village of Hallstatt where the adventure begins.  Joining the journey is Annika Knopf and her friend Max Dornbach as they see the changing times of Hitler's Regime and how it is putting a strain on their friendship.

The story goes from Austria to the USA with Callie Randall, a bookstore and an old rare book.  Inside the pages of a book is a cryptic message that Callie is intent on solving with the help of some friends. What happens when the past collides with the present day?  What mysteries are hidden and just waiting to be unearthed?

Will Annika Knopf and Max Dornbach find love or will the war that is raging around them tear them apart?  What secrets are between them that will remain hidden or be unearthed?

What secrets are found within the pages of the old book?   Will Callie be content just sitting by and not solving a mystery?  Or will she move out of her comfort zone?  Or will she be content in staying where she is at?

Melaine Dobson takes you on this journey where the past has laid hidden for so long and is just waiting to be discovered.   Come on this journey that links the past with the present and the mysteries that are just waiting to be solved.  Are they found within the pages of an old book?   

What happened to Annika, Max, Luiza?  What happens to Callie?   To discover the answers to these and many more questions you will have to step between the pages of this book Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson.  

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To celebrate her tour, Melanie is giving away a grand prize package that includes a $25 Amazon gift card, Catching the Wind paperback, and Hidden Among the Stars paperback!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray.
Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area where large families are valued, and the opportunity to do so arises when her childhood friend, Brooke Spalding, resurfaces with the wild idea of rebuilding a ghost town into a resort community. Brooke hires Anthony to help with the construction, drawing the Hirschlers away from Indiana and into her plan, and then finds herself diagnosed with cancer. Moral complications with Brooke's vision for a casino as part of the resort and the discovery of a runaway teenager hiding on the property open up a world neither the Hirschlers nor Brooke had considered before. Will they be able to overcome their challenges and differences to help the ones among them hurting the most?


Kim Vogel Sawyer

Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer wears many hats. As a wife, mother, grandmother, song-singer, cat-petter, and active participant in her church’s music and women’s ministries, her life is happily full. But her passion lies in penning stories that share the hope we can all possess when we place our lives in God’s capable hands. She and her retired military hubby live on the beautiful plains of Kansas, the setting for many of Kim’s books. In her free time, she enjoys quilting, traveling with “The Hubs,” and spoiling her quiverful of granddarlings.
Author Hometown: Kansas

MY THOUGHTS AND VIEWS OF THIS READ:  Step into the pages of Kim Vogel Sawyer's latest read Ours for a Season.  Life can be hard and even harder when you struggle with being childless and trying to find your way.  Everyone deals with grief in their own way.  It can bring you together or rip you apart.  Read Anthony and Marty's story of how God uses them in the midst of a friend's diagnosis with cancer and how God's amazing grace comes in a gives them all a purpose for their lives.  When faced with a reality that none of them were expecting, how will it change them and how will it change those around them. 

Can Marty find healing and Anthony find his true purpose in life along side his wife?  Will the rift tear them apart forever?  Will Brooke continue to turn her back on God?  Will she find healing from the Cancer with treatments?  Will Brooke, Anthony and Marty together find God's purpose in their lives?  Will their stories be written to help those in need and are hurting?

All of these questions and many more can be answered in the pages of Kim Vogel Sawyer's read Ours for a Season!

This is a journey you will not want to miss and it is a super fantastic story that deals with issues of today.  

Thursday, August 30, 2018


Monstrous Beauty

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A damaged man. A strange young woman. Secrets that can bring them together, or tear them apart. 

"This is perfect for girls of all ages. There are valuable lessons throughout the story and the author makes sure to point the readers towards God."

Ethan's father did a number on him, to say the least. In his passing, he left Ethan a wealthy man, but a severely damaged one. More than one person has considered him to be"beastly".Annabelle is unique and could be his only chance at love, but she has secrets of her own. Can they achieve true forgiveness before their world collapses? 

"My entire world got zoned out as I fell into the enchanting world of Ethan(thebeast) and Annabelle(thebeauty) and wow, I was just swept away! I LOVED how the relationship gradually grew..."

"If you love fairy-tales then you will love The Beauty Series!! I highly recommend these books to anyone!! The Beast here is a selfless hero and the villain(s) were quite a surprise."

"I don't want to spoil anything, so I will just say that I love the reason why Ethan is a'beast'and that whole backstory was gripping. And I was cheering for these two, with the clever obstacles that kept coming up. If you are looking for a lovely romance story, you'll love this."

Author Bio

Carol E. Keen enjoys fresh coffee, hot tea, and a good book. She was published for several years in FAMA magazine(FreshwaterAnd Marine Aquarium) as a contributing editor. She published her first book on CD, called Simply Seahorses. 

She is the author of The Beauty Series and The Corandira Station, to name a few of her works. She currently resides in the South with her husband and family and spends her time writing, reading, working in photography, and being with her much loved critters.

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MY VIEWS AND THOUGHTS OF THIS READ:  This is a very intriguing read.  It follows the stories of Ethan and Annabelle.  It is a Beauty and the Beast retelling of the story.  Forget the wicked stepsisters and go straight to the wicked sisters and throw in the evil brother in-laws and you have a great story.

When two people, who have been hurt by the ones that they love the most.  Will they find love, healing and happiness? Or will the secrets that they hold close and dear come out in the open and they can find love in their relationship?

Come follow the story of Ethan and Annabelle!

Sunday, July 8, 2018



About the book:

“Don’t look at him, dear. He’s dangerous.” 

Isabella Bankmill seeks a husband whose character matches her list of requirements. The man must share her faith, but he must also possess a certain je ne sais quoi. The enigmatical Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby—London’s newest literary sensation—certainly possesses the latter. Despite a deformed foot and alarming views on politics and religion, he attracts the ladies in droves.

Haunted by his past and overwhelmed by his newfound celebrity status, Lord Bromby’s obsession with his own doom leads to reckless behavior. When he is stalked by an obsessive aristocrat seeking an elopement, Bromby’s friends urge him to marry a suitable lady as soon as possible. Intrigued by Isabella’s convictions and hoping to avoid further scandal, Bromby proposes to Isabella.

Isabella also receives an offer of marriage from kind-hearted philanthropist, David Beringer—a man equally devoted to his faith—but she only has eyes for Lord Bromby. Blinded by his talent and good looks, Isabella convinces herself that he’s not as dangerous as everyone claims. But when Bromby’s world violently collides with hers, Isabella must decide once and for all who is lord of her life. God or Bromby?

About the author:

Megan Whitson Lee is an anglophile and a recovering runaway. Over the years, she escaped to England and Australia before finally settling down in the US. These days, she lives a relatively quiet life as a wife, a mom of two greyhounds, an editor for Pelican Book Group, and a high school English teacher. She now escapes by writing novels instead of jumping on planes to foreign countries. Her novel, Captives, won the 2016 Director's Choice Award and was a finalist for a Selah Award in the women's contemporary fiction category at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.

Megan writes women's contemporary thrillers and historical fiction featuring characters standing at the crossroads of major life decisions.



Megan does a great job following the story of Isabella Bankmill as she is introduced to London's society in the hopes of finding a suitable husband.

There is lots of buzz about Lord Bromby and how handsome he is and a great poet too.   Many rumors are swirling around about Lord Bromby and how dangerous he is and how he is not husband material.  But, sometimes love can be blind and feelings not reciprocated and marriage can be more of a convenience than of love.

Will Isabella find a husband or will she end up not finding a suitable match?  Who will win her heart will it be the kind Philanthropist David Beringer or will the poet Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby?

Sometimes we can compromise what we want in life and just settle for less than what God intends for us.   Come join Megan Whitson Lee as she tells the story of Isabella Bankmill. 
Isabella started out with a list of what she wanted in a husband, but as the pressure is put on to find a husband will she compromise and end up with less than God's best for her.

Read:  Dangerous to Know by Megan Whitson Lee to find out the rest of Isabella's story.