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Thursday, June 30, 2022
Hunted in the Wilderness Kick-Off Package
About the Book
Book: Hunted in the Wilderness
Author: Kellie VanHorn
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Release date: June 28, 2022
Protecting the evidence means facing down assassins and an unforgiving wilderness…
Framed for murder and corporate espionage, future aerotech company CEO Haley Whitcombe flees in her plane with a camera full of evidence that could clear her name—until she’s shot out of the sky. Now trapped in North Cascades National Park, her survival in the wilderness depends on park ranger Ezra Dalton. Yet escaping the wild will mean nothing if they can’t outrun their merciless hunters…
Kellie VanHorn is an award-winning author of inspirational romantic suspense. She has college degrees in biology and nautical archaeology, but she’s always found her sense of adventure most satisfied by a great story. When not writing, Kellie can be found teaching her four children, camping, baking, and gardening. She lives with her family in west Michigan.
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One of my favorite things about being a writer is living out wild adventures in my imagination. I get to enjoy all the action and feels without any of the unpleasant real-life problems I’d face if I were actually being chased by bad guys with guns. The more exciting and far-off the setting, the better! My family loves to travel and to camp, so we’ve spent a lot of time visiting national parks around the U.S. Our favorites include Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Devil’s Tower, and Badlands. We pile our four kids into the car, fill it to the brim with gear, and tent our way from park to park for weeks at a time in the summer.
For Hunted in the Wilderness, I wanted to explore a park we haven’t had the chance to visit yet—North Cascades National Park in Washington state. In fact, my first glimpse of the story came to me when I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw a picture of a lake in the Cascades. Inspiration struck, and I knew the heroine of my next book had just crash-landed her Cessna airplane in those mountains, and she needed a handsome, single park ranger to come help her escape the bad guys.
What makes this park such a perfect setting for a romantic suspense is not only the gorgeous scenery, but also the fact it’s very remote. The region is easy enough to access via road from Seattle, but most of the protected land can only be reached on foot, horseback, or float plane. Because I hadn’t been there myself, I relied on a topographic map and lots of research to help me craft the setting and make it an indispensable part of the plot.
Of course, now that I’ve studied the trail systems so extensively, I’d love to visit the Cascades in person one day. One of my teenaged sons who loves hiking has all sorts of plans for us to take a long backpacking trip out there, even though neither of us has ever backpacked before. I might have to work up my courage a bit before I’ll be ready to hit the trail without our minivan full of gear. 😉
I think what I really liked about the story was the setting. Now I’m not a big hiker at all but I do enjoy being out in nature. With a picturesque view of the forest it is the perfect place for an adventure. The opening pages sets the tone for a fast paced cat and mouse game. It has a nice amount of suspense with a touch of romance.
Haley is running for her life as she stumbles upon a plan to get rid of her so she can’t take over her dad’s company when he retires. I don’t think she had a clear picture of what she wanted to do when she takes off in her plane. While I liked her I thought she made a few decisions that put her directly in danger. Why would you run away from a ranger who was trying to help you?
Ezra is a good character who witnesses a plane go down in the North Cascades National Park where he works. I was impressed with the supplies he took with him and how he came to Haley’s aide. The author describes the weather so well, that I found myself grabbing a blanket to keep warm. As a side note it is over one hundred degrees where I live, so a blanket is unnecessary but with the author’s details I felt chilly. The men after Haley and Ezra won’t give up and continue to get closer to capturing them.
I was not surprised at who was behind everything but it still made me sad. Greed, power and jealousy runs deep in this story. The author illustrates how Haley has been a little lax on her faith. When she is at her most vulnerable moment, she realizes, “it is time to step aside and let Him be in charge,” Reading this was a reminder to trust God and to have a strong relationship with God.
The ending is good but not surprising. The action in the story kept my attention enough that I had to see how the author would wrap up the story. The story is good but maybe needed a little more character development and less emphasis on how Haley and Ezra were trying hard not to be attracted to each other. Overall a nice clean read with a happy ending where the good guys win.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Where Is the Hope in Grief? A terrible accident leaves three women as the sole providers of the family they have left. Their only income must come from the greenhouse in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, but someone seems to be trying to force them out of business in their darkest hour of grief and despair. Can hope be restored in three novels from bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter?
The Crow’s Call When her father, brother, and brother-in-law are killed in a traffic accident, Amy King leaves a job she loves and halts a promising courtship with Jared to help run the family greenhouse. Can things get any worse for a young Amish woman who has already made several sacrifices?
The Mockingbird’s Song Widow with two children, Sylvia feels her mother is being too over-protective and meddlesome when she meets Dennis Weaver while birdwatching. When the budding romance is squelched and troubling events start happening again at the family-run greenhouse, Sylvia must confront her reoccurring anxieties.
The Robin’s Greeting Suddenly widowed with the weight of her family and business on her shoulders, Belinda King struggles to remain strong and at peace. When the pressures mysteriously increase, will she crumble, or can she turn to one of two new suitors?
Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of almost 90 books with more than 10 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.
Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.
All of Wanda's novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
Wanda's primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern "Englishers." Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit: www.WandaBrunstetter.com
I love reading books with different stories that provide a variety of lessons and brings characters together in whole collection. This book is compiled with wonderful characters and a glimpse at hope, unconditional love, loss and forgiveness. It is a great way to get the series all in one book to enjoy.
THE CROWS CALL
This has been such a wonderful start to a promising new series for the author. I love how much the author knows about the Amish and it shows in each of her stories. We not only get to know the Amish better, but we feel as if we are in the middle of the story as it plays out. The author is able to take characters and make them come to life with emotions that tug on your heart and bring you a better understanding of God’s love.
There has has a great loss in one of the families when three members are killed. The void they leave behind will have lasting affects on other members in the family. I love how the community comes together to offer support and assures them they are not alone.
The greenhouse is a prosperous business that takes the remaining members a lot of work to keep it going. It doesn’t help that they are still grieving from the tragedy. Amy has a great head on her shoulders and is determined to keep the business running. If only she can get her little brother Henry to get over his anger and allow God to comfort him. What I really liked in this book was the mystery the author provides that really enchanted an already enchanting story. Someone is vandalizing the greenhouse and the property which causes Amy and her family to wonder who could be doing such unkind things to them? I found several suspects in my investigation but will I be right? And what is Henry up to with the annoying crow?
It is a refreshing start to a series that have characters dealing with grief, family, forgiveness and learning to trust God. The new neighbors are a mystery themselves when the wife doesn’t want to be sociable. I found that to be a great opportunity to have Amy or even her mother to reach out to her. The author invites us to join her as we follow a family through heartbreak and come together as a family to help each other deal with their grief. Don’t miss the discussion questions the author has provided at the end of the book. The book does leave us with a bit of a cliffhanger so be prepared to be on the lookout for the next in this series.
THE MOCKINGBIRD’S SONG
I am really liking this series so much and glad I was able to relax and visit the characters again in this book. The story finds us seeing how the family is doing after a devastating loss. I loved reading about the greenhouse and how the family works hard to keep it running. I am not good with plants but I enjoy looking at them. I admire people who have beautiful gardens and flowers that cascade around the yard.
Sylvia is still struggling with her loss while raising her two small children. It was nice to see how Sylvia and her younger brother took up birdwatching together. I have several bird feeders in my yard and get great pleasure watching them fly around while grabbing seeds. I think this hobby has brought Henry a little happiness in his life. He still feels overwhelmed at times but he is slowly dealing with his grief.
I loved the introduction of Dennis to the story. He has his own grief to deal with and his friendship with Sylvia is helping both of them. The author does a great job of slowly developing their relationship. If only Sylvia’s mother could accept the fact that Sylvia is ready to move on with her life. I was quite surprised by Belinda’s attitude toward Dennis. Perhaps she is not ready to see her daughter move on. Dennis is a perfect gentleman but he is beginning to feel that perhaps he shouldn’t pursue the relationship with Sylvia. I couldn’t wait to see where the author would take Sylvia and Dennis relationship. I so wanted them to get together.
There is a bit of mystery in the story that I hope to see come to an end in the next book. Who is trying to sabotage the greenhouse? I haven’t figured it out yet but I am anxious to discover who it is. I also liked reading about Virginia the neighbor. That poor lady is so desperate for friends. I laughed when she started spying on Sylvia and her family with binoculars. Talk about being a nosy neighbor. She reminds me of Gladys from a show that was on many years ago. I am wondering how Virginia will fit into this story. Will she let her guard down and become friends with her neighbors?
The story has a gentle feel of faith that is just the right amount to give readers a sense of peace. The story was one I didn’t want to end. There are lessons in the book about judging, forgiveness, grief and acceptance. I can’t wait to read the next book in this lovely series.
THE ROBIN’S GREETING
What a beautiful ending to a charming series. I loved reading about the greenhouse and all the work it takes to run it. Belinda has seen her share of heartache, but it looks like she has two suitors vying for her attention. I loved the intrigue in the book about the vandalism going on at the greenhouse. Who would do such horrible things and cause a family to lose their business?
I loved the part about the elderly lady who seemed to have no way of taking care of herself. The family befriends her and finds that she is in need of love and people who care for her. It is a good reminder of taking care of your neighbor.
Speaking of neighbors, we find Virginia once again spying on her Amish neighbors. She is a very lonely woman who is bitter and a little judgmental. She spends more time complaining about her neighbors then making her home a happy place.
I loved the romance in the book and wasn’t sure who Belinda would choose to marry. Her son Henry isn’t happy that his mother is courting. Losing his father has been hard on him. He still has some grieving to do. I know Henry is still hurting but maybe someone can help him overcome his bitterness. He loves his family and it is hard for him to accept his mother remarrying. This was a great storyline because it is never easy for a child who has lost a parent to deal with someone new coming into their home.
I was extremely surprised at who the person was who had been vandalizing the greenhouse and trying to scare Belinda into moving. I understand why this person did it, but the best part was seeing how several people gave their heart to Jesus. The scripture of, “what the enemy wanted for evil God turned it for good,” fits perfectly in this part of the story. God does work everything out for good. There is much joy and happiness as the series ends. I will miss the characters I’ve grown to love.
The war he fears may be the very one he’s been called to start.
Held captive, tortured by monsters of a nightmarish alien race, Marco Dusan clings to a final goal: keep these beasts from the Quadrants, even if it means orchestrating his own death. But his dreams betray that singular design. In them his bonded calls to him across lightyears. Does he leave her to fight Symmachia alone, or risk bringing an unwinnable war to every planet in the Quadrants?
On board the alien dreadnought, Eija Zacdari flounders, torn amidst military machinations, prophecies, and an inexplicable bond with one of the fearsome creatures who have imprisoned her friends. Only by uncovering the truth about an ancient conflict now shrouded in deception will she find her place.
Faced with her true identity, Eija sees her purpose snap into focus, and she realizes the war Marco fears may be the very one he has been called to start.
Ronie Kendig is a bestselling, award-winning author of over thirty books. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband have returned to their beloved Texas after a ten-year stint in the Northeast. They survive on Sonic & Starbucks runs, barbecue, and peach cobbler that they share–sometimes–with Benning the Stealth Golden. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.
Excerpt from Shadow of Honor
Shaken, Eija touched her temple, head still pounding from the oxygen deprivation she’d suffered beneath the beast’s attempt to crush the life from her—that and the minutes stuck in an oxygen-deprived pod. Until she figured out what had prompted the creature to release her and crouch before her, she didn’t dare move.
Insane! The docuvids of the Lavabeasts had not exaggerated. These monsters were fast, lethal, vicious. Yet . . . twice she’d been in its grip, and it’d held back from actually turning her into a dusty pile. Why?
Yeah, maybe don’t ask. Just . . .
What? What could she do against beasts that reduced people to ash with their arms?
Keening filled the ship. With bewildering speed, the other three Draegis bolted out of the bay, their thudding steps fading down the passage as they headed to the aft port, where their ship clung to the Prevenire like a remora on a shark.
Nerves thrumming, Eija glanced at Marco, whose chin was tucked to his chest again. Unconscious? Twitches of his head and hands alleviated that fear. Probably super focused on piloting the ship to the Sentinel.
So we can all die.
Right. So much for the relief she’d felt. Her gaze slid down to the immobilized Lavabeast at her feet. What was wrong with it—him? Was he more AI than biological? Had he powered down or something? Fried his neural net? What was she supposed to do?
She discarded each question as it arose. Assessed her precarious situation. The crackling and swelling of his strange skin said he was still breathing. So alive, not dead.
I can help with that.
He was also awake—glowing eye slits proved that.
Reef shifted on the deck where he’d landed after being tossed by one of the monsters, his arm hanging at an odd angle. Gray eyes came to hers, asking what neither of them could actually voice—What just happened? Why had the other Lavabeasts fled? Why had this one not killed her or left?
“Why isn’t it moving?” Reef hissed as he slowly climbed to his feet. She shook her head, still terrified of arousing the beast’s anger. Locked on the Draegis, Reef inched closer and angled toward her.
“Yeah. Sure.” Again, she again checked on Marco, who still had his head down. Maybe the other Draegis had done something to him. “Marco?” she called quietly at the same time she heard Reef suck in a breath.
In front of her, the mountain of lava erupted with a piercing howl, terrorizing her as it lunged. Like a lightning strike—a very large, fat, black bolt—it shot forward.
I am very excited to read this book that has become a favorite series of mine. I went back and refreshed myself on the first two books and reacquainted myself with the characters. The author has found her niche in this genre and is a leader of bringing fast action, other dimensions to life and characters that pop off the pages. I am in awe of the talent this author shows in each book. Her imagination brings vivid images to sparkle in the darkness and overcome the enemy that tries to stop them from their mission. Just a quick note to say these books should be read in order to clearly understand the story better.
Marco is so well written that I wanted to walk beside him as he searched for a way to save himself and others from the evil that threatened their world. I kept thinking as he woke up from a coma to realize that he has been captured if he understood how dire his situation was? The ship he was on was dangerous so his mind starts going everywhere to comprehend why he was not killed. He must have something they want and I held my breath as the tension rose within him. His character is not complicated but his mission sure is. Will he find a way to save everyone? Can he overcome the power that tries to conquer him?
Eija is quite possibly one of my favorite characters. She doesn’t like to stir up trouble but it seems to find her. She discovers that she is able to communicate with one of the Draegis. This feat I think made her uncomfortable. This enemy seems to want to shield her from harm but why? It is a bit unsettling to her friends that she has this bond with Daq’Ti but they want her to use this bond to help them escape. Now I had to think for a minute about this turn of events. Why has she been singled out and will it benefit their cause?
With several characters going through intense danger I loved the adrenaline rush it gave me. I cheered, cried and gasped as the energy increased. among the characters. A lesson on bitterness flows across the pages and reminds us how easy we allow the root of bitterness to penetrate our heart. It is something we always need to be aware of so the enemy can’t use it to cause division. The power struggle is deep within a character and this overshadows their thinking with hatred rising within them.
What really caught my attention was the constant battle among each other. I liked when one of them says, “There is no room for “us” or “them.” We each fight for survival of our people, so it is imperative we join forces , learn together, fight together.” What does that mean? Well to me it is simple. It is called unity. Oh how I pray that we will all come together in unity to fight against the enemy who wants to kill and destroy us. This was a powerful lesson in the story I could not ignore.
The ending is so powerful that I was on the edge of my seat glued to the pages as chills went down my spine. I can’t share the details but I know fans of this author will be very happy with the ending, but maybe the author has kept the door open for more. We will have to see.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
To celebrate her tour, Ronie is giving away the grand prize package of an Exclusive Signed, Sprayed-edge Edition of SHADOW OF HONOR, a candle with a custom fragrance connected to Shadow of Honor, a gaming mat with a custom Laura Hollingsworth Illustration of Kardia, and a three-pack character card set for SHADOW OF HONOR!!
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Nicki’s tasked with making New Hope the perfect place for orphaned children.
So why has everything gone wrong?
Six weeks after leaving China, Nicki Mayfield returns to complete two critical tasks: restore order at New Hope Orphanage and re-connect with the little girl who stole her heart. However, between a stubbornly stone walling supervisor, missing documents, and personal tragedy, Nicki faces challenges at every turn. Is she the best person to bring order – and longevity – to the place these children call home? Then, with the help of an unexpected ally, Nicki makes a life-altering decision that upends her well-planned life and the lives of those around her. Will she lose it all, or has she found the way to save what matters most?
Liana George is a sought-after speaker, blogger, and author. Before pursuing a career in writing, she was a professional organizer and is the former owner of By George Organizing Solutions in Houston. Her debut novel, Perfectly Arranged, Book One in The Hopeful Heart Series, was released in October 2021 from Scrivenings Press.
When she’s not putting things in order or scribbling away, you can find her reading, traveling, or watching tennis.
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Have you ever eaten at a Chinese restaurant and taken a fortune cookie with you when you left? Yeah, me too. For the longest time, I always associated these Pac-Man shaped treats with Chinese food and by extension, Chinese culture.
I was wrong.
The tsujiura senbei,” or “fortune cracker,” actually originated in Japan and was brought over to the United States sometime between the late 1800s and early 1900s by immigrants. Japanese bakers first began selling and making these crackers in California and Hawaii. With their unique taste and finger-sized slip of paper printed with a pithy fortune or aphorism, they quickly became a hit.
Today, the fascination with these cookies is still at an all-time high, but the ingredients have changed. Originally, they were made with miso and sesame flavoring but now they use butter and vanilla to give it that sweet taste you and I are so familiar with.
So, why am I telling you all this?
Because my novel, Perfectly Placed, book 2 in The Hopeful Heart Series, begins with the main character, Nicki Mayfield, breaking into a fortune cookie and discovering a proverb that will motivate her and move her to action. What was written on that tiny slip of paper? There’s only one way to find out. Grab a copy of Perfectly Placed – and a cookie or two – and start reading!
I love being able to travel to other places without leaving my home. The author does a great job of making me feel like I was in China as she described the cuisine and laws that some may find hard to accept. There has been news stories about orphanages in China and the need for funds and workers. I was very captivated by our main character because of her heart for children.
Nicki has a big task ahead of her as she returns to New Hope Orphanage. Waiting for her is a job of organizing papers, offices and trying to find out where the money is disappearing to. She is not well received by the Assistant Director and it was hard to like this character. She was brash, power hungry and disrespectful. I had a feeling that I knew someone was hiding something but the question is why?
Nicki does have some setbacks that cause her to question why she is there. I can’t imagine being arrested in a foreign country and feeling hopeless. Within the pages of the story are several lessons we can all learn from. I was shaking to my core when one character was so crass when mocking Nicki and her beliefs. There was a mention of “just throw up a few prayers,” like it was useless anyway. What struck me about this character was how deceitful she was in order to better her child’s life. She had no regard for the children she was suppose to be watching over. It is the scripture, “the love of money is the root of all evil,” that runs rampant in this persons heart.
With everything that Nicki is facing she ponders “what it would like to simply trust in God’s provision.” We face situations everyday where we wonder how we will pay a bill, or will our loved one be healed. What we forget to do is pray and be faithful to His Word. We don’t know the plans He has for us but as he unveils them to us we need to listen and follow His direction. Will you obey God when He shows you where you are to be “perfectly placed?”
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
To celebrate her tour, Liana is giving away the grand prize package of a travel kit which includes a signed copy of Perfectly Placed, a travel cube, a travel/passport wallet, luggage tag, travel journal, packing checklist and tips, and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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