Monday, December 11, 2017
About the Book
Name of book: The Angel Paws Collection
Author: Mimi Milan
Genre: Multicultural, Contemporary Romance
Release date: December 7, 2017
Scent for Angel
To fight… or fall in love?
The only thing Tanner McKoy wants is to disappear into the backwoods of North Carolina, hopefully forgetting about his tour in Afghanistan. However, forgetting seems improbable. And disappearing is impossible when a determined grad student uses her new shelter rescues to track him down.
After a miserable breakup with her fiance, Eva Perez returns to grad school to complete her thesis and become a physical therapist. Unfortunately, that means assisting on several case studies – one of which includes a surly army veteran who refuses help. How can she win a battle with someone still stuck in combat mode?
Touched by an Angel
An explosion during a tour in Afghanistan took Rhett Marshall’s sight, but not his mind. Too bad his family can’t seem to grasp that fact. He’ll do anything to regain control over his life again… even take drastic measures like marrying a complete stranger just so he can call his own shots.
Luciana Lopez came to the United States on a student visa – which is about to expire. Unfortunately, finding an employer to petition for her so she can stay in the country has proven impossible. Could marriage to a desperate army veteran be the answer to her immigration problem?
Enjoy the second novel in the groundbreaking, heartwarming series, Angel Paws Rescue, that donates twenty percent of proceeds to help army veterans and shelter animals.
When Angel Sing
Fast food, fast cars, and fast women…
Eddie Rivera, a Chicano rock star hoping to break into the American music scene, has always lived life in the fast lane. The last thing he planned on was a country cutie with the belief that a guy “won’t buy the cow if he’s getting the milk for free.” Can a shot at her lifelong dreams and a rescue kitty help him change her mind?
From boys to battlefields, Rachel Linden may have lost her hearing but she has never lost a fight. Of course, she’s never had her dream of singing dangled in front of her either. Is there a strategy she can employ to win a war of wishes… without losing her heart?
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About the Author
Mimi Milan is an award winning, bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romance. Currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University, she spends most of her time in the suburbs of Charlotte, crafting stories her family and imaginary friends inspire.
Guest Post from Mimi Milan
I have to be honest.
I don’t know why I wrote Scent of an Angel.
The journey first began when I was asked to join a box set of sweet contemporary romances with seven other authors. Eager for a new experience (my first box set!) I immediately agreed. However, I wasn’t sure what I would write. I had never written a sweet contemporary before – only historicals. While clean and even inspirational, my stories were all full of action and suspense, too. That didn’t exactly sound like “sweet contemporary” to me. So, I set out to find stories that would draw inspiration.
At the same time, I was assigned to read The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. (Did I mention I’m now in grad school?) I couldn’t get the story out of my mind. I kept dwelling on all the pain and suffering soldiers must endure in order to keep the rest of us safe here at home. Their pain doesn’t end, either. Many return to the States with both physical disabilities and mental illnesses that most civilians couldn’t imagine living with. Right then, I knew I wanted to do something that helped the ones that made it back to us. Since the books in my first series, The Jericho Resistance, donates funds to fight against human trafficking, I liked the idea of copying the same model to help support our veterans. That’s when Tanner McKoy and Eva Perez came to life, driving the story and my mission onward.
Touched by an Angel and When Angels Sing were natural follow-ups for the Angel Paws Rescue anthology.
Today, I’m pretty fortunate. I was asked to join yet another series, The Twelve Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides. So, I’m about to finish up edits on my contribution, The Dancing Lady. I’m at my kitchen table in my nice, warm two-bedroom home with a cup of coffee and a muffin from my favorite local bakery. The children are still asleep, making the house unusually quiet. Looking out the frosted window at a yard lightly dusted with white, I feel safe and at peace. All is right in my small corner of the world. I thank God for that.
I thank Him for the veterans that make it so.
I enjoyed reading the three stories in this collection. The author brings to the forefront a subject that seems to get pushed aside a lot. Out veterans deserve our respect and should have every resource available at all times. This collection focuses on rehabilitation and working with service dogs. There is a bit of romance in the stories that make the characters very relatable . I was hoping for more details about the service dogs and all the training they go through, but it didn’t seem to be as detailed as I had hoped.
Scent of an Angel
I liked Eva and her desire to help people recover from painful injuries. Her dedication was great to read about and boy did she have her hands full when she meets Tanner. He is a veteran who has to live with the devastation of war when he loses a friend. He also has come home to learn to live without a limb. I understood his bitterness and thought the author did a good job of showing how hard it is for veterans to adjust coming home. Hunter is a loveable dog who is in training as a service dog and has great potential to change veterans lives. The story is good but at times was more focused on the romance between the characters and not so much on rehabilitation for Tanner. Overall it is a good story with a nice ending.
Touched By An Angel
I have to say that this story really held my attention. I liked both Luciana and Rhett. Luciana is worried about being deported and wants more than anything to stay in the states. Rhett has come back from service in Afghanistan with an injury that hinders him from doing some things for himself. I did like that Eva and Tanner made an appearance in this story. I loved how the author brought Luciana and Rhett together. There is mention of a service dog named Bear, and I liked how the author did a bit more detail about the dog’s abilities to help veterans. Rhett’s father was a horrible judgmental man who I disliked. I found the story to be good and learned a bit about what someone goes through when threatened with deportation.
When Angels Sing
This was a fun read and I really liked that the author had a woman as the veteran. Rachel was a great character and I thought she was a strong and loveable. Her deafness happened because of an illness she had while in the service. I liked how the author didn’t use Rachel’s deafness as a disability but more of an extension of herself. She never felt handicapped and was very independent. When she meets Eddie there seemed to be instant chemistry. I loved how they get to know each other. Eddie opens up about his past, which helped Rachel understand him better. The present he buys Rachel is a nod to animal rescues. The story is filled with emotions and I loved how the author talked about foster care.
I enjoyed each story and I encourage readers to grab a copy. Thanks to the author twenty percent of the sales will go to non profit organizations such as Pets For Patriots.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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To celebrate her tour, Mimi is giving away a grand prize of The Angel Paws Collection Celebration Tour Giveaway!!
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Saturday, December 9, 2017
DONNA WALO CLANCY
This book is now at the top of my favorite books for 2017. The author has talent that surpasses many famous well known authors with her details, and inspiring story. There was no way I could put the book down until I finished it. It has everything that makes a book a best seller. The characters are relatable and the storyline is emotional and intriguing. If you haven’t read one of the author’s books yet, I encourage you to grab them all. I recommended you start with this Christmas story that will leave you in tears. I’m not a big crier, but this story reached deep into my emotions and allowed me to feel every painful words and hurt that the main character endured.
You never know when you choose a path in life, where you will end up. Sophie thought she had the perfect husband but her dreams were shattered when the abuse started. The verbal abuse was just as painful as the physical abuse and Sophie knew she needed to get away. The scene where her mother -in -law verbally shamed her was powerful. I wanted to scream at Sophie to stop arguing and run as fast as she could. Sometimes people with money become power hungry and Sophie has married into a family that will do anything to keep up appearances. My heart broke as Sophie seemed to have no way out of her situation.
The story follows Sophie as she begins a new life far away from her past. Her desire to have a child overwhelms her at times. I really liked how vulnerable the author made her as she slowly became what she hated the most. She was at times rude and judgmental which was so out of character for her. Did her anger for not having a child make her a bitter person? Her journey takes her to a small town that she hopes will become her saving grace. I have to mention Parker because he is very important to the story. He is a good man and starts to have feelings for Sophie. I found their relationship to be a bit shaky because they each had secrets they were hiding. The author explores how secrets can destroy people and how hard it is to earn a person’s trust again.
Riley is an adorable child who longs to have a mother. Sophie and Riley have a connection right away and I loved how Sophie opened her heart to him. I loved how Sophie reached out to God and prayed for a child but also prayed for forgiveness. The cradle in the story was described so vividly that I could see it sitting in front of me. The cradle has special meaning and as you read the book, you will discover how it represents hope and love. The most important thing I took away from this book is that when you open your heart, your dreams can happen. Being a caring and loving person is easy when you love unconditionally.
What a joy it is to read a book that have characters which come alive and feel like your friends. I loved Rebecca because she was honest, sweet and had a giving heart. Her past has made her feel like no one would ever want her. I admired her decision to become a missionary nurse. The author gives vivid descriptions of the jungle and the dangers that lurk there. I can’t image how hard it was for Rebecca to leave everything behind and work in a foreign place. I loved reading about the meals she had and found them to be quite interesting. I appreciate all the research the author did to make the story feel like I was there with Rebecca.
Dr. Ed was a wonderful character. He has compassion for the patients he treats and loves his two girls with all that he has. I loved reading about his interaction with his daughters. He has had a hard time being on his own raising them, but he never once felt like they were a burden. His devotion to God has helped him overcome obstacles . Sharing his faith with Rebecca may help her tear down walks she has built around her heart.
I loved the message in the book about forgiveness. One of the hardest things Rebecca has to understand is that she needs to forgive herself for her past. It seems easy to accept that God forgives us, but we have a hard time forgiving ourselves. The story is a wonderful read and the author captures how much God loves us in a story that stirs emotions and shows us unconditional love.
I received a copy of this book from TBCN and the author. The review is my own opinion.
Friday, December 8, 2017
About the Book
Name of book: The Sea Beneath Us
Author: Cathy Slusser
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Etta just wants a home, a safe haven for her family; her daughter Florence wants to make a positive difference in the world. After suffering tragic loss, Etta walls off her heart. Florence opens hers to love again. Though they do not understand each other, both understand the struggle with cultural expectations of the day for women. They also grapple with personal insecurity and faith. Set in the early twentieth century, the stories of Etta and Florence intertwine as each seeks fulfillment. Follow them from Midwest America to the state of New York; from the Isle of Pines, a tropical spot off the coast of Cuba, to the heart of American power, Washington, DC.
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About the Author
Cathy Slusser is a second generation Floridian who grew up in St. Petersburg, but spent holidays and vacations with her grandparents who lived in Manatee County. She moved to Terra Ceia Island in northwest Manatee County in 1979. Cathy fell in love with history upon reading Eugenia Price novels in Middle School. When she traveled to St. Simons Island, Georgia and saw the places those characters lived, she knew that the subject of history could be alive and exciting. Ever since that time, she has made it her goal to share that message with others. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Furman University and a Master’s Degree in History from the University of South Florida. She has worked for the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court’s Office since 1984 and is Chief Historian. In this role, she supervises five historical sites, the Manatee Village Historical Park, the Manatee County Historical Records Library, and the Florida Maritime Museum, the Palmetto Historical Park, and the Manatee County Agricultural Museum. Cathy has two grown sons, Rob and Tim, a fabulous daughter-in-law, Miranda, and a daughter of the heart, Christina. She has been married to her husband, Glen, a third generation Floridian since 1981. She enjoys dog training, sewing and writing. Cathy is the author of three novels about Manatee County history and the Atzeroth family, first settlers of Terra Ceia Island, published as a trilogy called From A Heavenly Land and a fourth novel, The Sea Beneath Us about her grandmother and great-grandmother. Cathy is passionate about preserving Manatee County’s past and telling its stories to residents and visitors of all ages.
Guest Post from Cathy Slusser
Writing a book about my grandmother, Florence Louise Tichenor Pace was not on my “to do” list. I am one of those people who loves “to do” lists. I enjoy the satisfaction of crossing completed items off my list so much that I add things that I have already done to the list just so I can cross them off! But, I never thought to write a book about my own ancestors.
When I finished the From A Heavenly Land trilogy, a lot of people asked me what was next. I had some ideas, but before I could put fingers to keyboard, I felt compelled to write this story. Maybe it was because every time I look into a mirror, I see my grandmother’s eyes looking back at me. I look very much like her, as does my mother, Emily Pace Bayless. I imagined Grandma saying, “You write about extraordinary women. What about me? When are you going to put my story on paper?”
I could have argued that she had already done an excellent job of that, having left us her handwritten autobiography in a spiral notebook. Once at a historical meeting, participants were asked to bring a memento that we treasured. I brought that notebook. In it, I learned about my grandmother’s tenacity, her creativity and her love of God.
Those characteristics were nothing new to me, having known my grandmother until her death at age 97 in 1992. Grandma was an intimate part of my life. During my childhood, she and Granddaddy travelled once a week to our house where they greeted my sister and me upon our return from school. She made many of the clothes my sister and I wore, including Nehru jackets and pants which were all the rage at the time. She did not like the “loud” colors, but made them anyway because she loved us. I still have a wrap around skirt that she made me in high school.
We spent many holidays and weekend trips with her and Granddaddy at their retirement home on Ware’s Creek in Bradenton and shared a love of books. I knew that I could read all weekend without being told to get up and do something productive. Reading was productive in her eyes. She often gave us books as gifts, but most of the time, we found potato chip crumbs inside, evidence that she read them before passing them along.
One of the stories that most characterizes my grandmother is her involvement with our local health department. She sewed baby layettes that included clothing, blankets and diapers and donated them to the health department for distribution to the poor. She embellished the pastel colored flannel outfits with embroidery saying, “Every baby, no matter what their circumstances should have a pretty, new outfit to come home from the hospital.”
A second story involves me. When I was in girl scouts, I started an embroidered sampler in order to earn my sewing badge. My grandmother taught me the stitches, but it was clear that I was not interested in the work, nor that I would finish it in time to earn my badge. While she finished it for me, she left one flower incomplete as a message that I had not done my part. It is signed FP and CB with both our initials.
My grandmother was a remarkable woman who made a strong impact on me and everyone who knew her. Just recently, I talked to someone who remembered Grandma and told me a story about her even though she has been dead 25 years.
The story she never told us and left out of her autobiography are the details about her relationship with her mother, Henrietta Emily. I sensed some conflict between the two women and wanted to know why. I don’t know for sure that my version of the story is accurate, but it is a good theory.
What a wonderful journey this book takes you on. I loved the historical facts scattered throughout the book. It was interesting to read about Cuba and how land was so valuable to the owners. The Americans that lived there were fiercely protective of their land. I loved learning about the different crops that were planted in the plantation that Etta owned. I could see the pineapples , bananas and other things grow and become part of the harvest. It was hard work to make a profit but I loved reading about how the people Loved their land and was proud of their hard work to keep it thriving.
The story is told through the eyes of the authors grandmother and great grandmother . It was very hard to read how much they each suffered with loss and how their lives were hard at times. I know it must have been hard to lose children, spouses and hope at times for the characters. The story is so emotional at times, I found tears spring to my eyes. I fell in love with the children and cried when they felt abandoned by their mother.
One of my favorite characters was Florence. She grew up to be a very smart independent woman. The author takes us inside the workings of the government and lets readers experience the bills that are introduced and how they became law. It is evident that the author has done her work in researching historical events with details that make you feel you have traveled back in time. Each character was so well developed it made the story flow with ease. The story spans generations and lets us look into how a family lived through heartache, separation, disappointment, and death. I loved how faith was important to some of the family, and how it helped them deal with hard decisions . I can’t say enough great things about the book. There is so much more I want to say, but I want to keep readers intrigued by saying, this is one book you won’t be able to put down.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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To celebrate her tour, Cathy is giving away a grand prize of a special quilt handmade by Cathy!!
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