Monday, April 23, 2018

Cover Reveal - The Gold Pawn by L. A. Chandlar

The Gold Pawn

November 1936. Mayor La Guardia’s political future buckles under a missing person case in New York City. Simultaneously, Lane unravels devastating secrets in the outskirts of Detroit. As two crimes converge, judging friends from enemies can be a dangerous game . . .
Finally summoning the courage to face the past, Lane Sanders breaks away from her busy job at City Hall to confront childhood nightmares in Rochester, Michigan. An unknown assailant left Lane with scattered memories after viciously murdering her parents. However, one memory of a dazzling solid gold pawn piece remains—and with it lies a startling connection between the midwestern tragedy and a current mystery haunting the Big Apple . . .
Meanwhile, fears climb in Manhattan after the disappearance of a respected banker and family friend threatens the crippled financial industry and the pristine reputation of Lane’s virtuous boss, Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia. Fio’s fight to restore order leads him into more trouble as he meets a familiar foe intent on ending his mayoral term—and his life . . .
Guided by overseas telegrams from the man she loves and painful memories, only Lane can silence old ghosts and derail present-day schemes. But when the investigation awakens a darker side of her own nature, will she and New York City’s most prominent movers and shakers still forge ahead into a prosperous new age . . . or is history doomed to repeat itself?

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About the Author

L .A. Chandlar is the author of the Art Deco Mystery Series with Kensington Publishing featuring Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and a fresh take on the innovation and liveliness of 1930s New York City. Her debut novel, The Silver Gun released August 29, 2017, and the sequel, The Gold Pawn, will release September 25th, 2018. Laurie has been living and writing in New York City for 16 years and has been speaking for a wide variety of audiences for over 20 years including a women’s group with the United Nations. Her talks range from NYC history, the psychology of creativity, and the history of holiday traditions. Laurie has also worked in PR for General Motors, writes and fund-raises for a global nonprofit is the mother of two boys, and has toured the nation managing a rock band.
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Treacherous Trails
Title: Treacherous Trails
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspy Romanctic Suspense
Release Date: March, 2018
Falsely accused…
Can she escape the real killer?
In this second installment in the Gold Country Cowboys series, farrier Ella Cahill is accused of murder—and only former marine Owen Thorn, her brother’s best friend, can help clear her name. Now with someone trying to kill Ella, Owen must protect her…despite his promise to her brother to stay away from her. But can they work together to find the true killer before she becomes the next to die?

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About the Author

author pixDana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, friends! I am so thrilled to be galloping into the second book in the Gold Country Cowboy series with you. This book was a hoot to write. It’s got a nice twisty mystery and plenty of danger! Our hero, twin Owen Thorn, is a Marine doing his darnedest not to fall in love with his brother’s little sister, but you know how these things go, don’t you, partners? There’s trouble ahead in cowboy country and this story will take you on a wild gallop to the happy ending! God bless and thanks for coming along!


One of the best things about this story is the connection between Owen and Ella.  They have known each other since they were kids and their bond has grown over the years. I loved Owen and his strong sense of protection. As a marine he has seen a  lot but I'm sure he never expected to have to fight to keep Ella safe once he returned home.  I loved how the author goes into detail about the injuries he sustained as a marine and how much he honors his country. I would definitely want him as my bodyguard. 

Ella is in a lot of trouble when she is accused of murder. Owen is right there to help her collect evidence to clear her name. There is one small problem though. A certain man wants  Ella dead and will stop at nothing to accomplish it. I loved how the author described the different types of horses and what type of job Ella does. Working around horses is hard work but Ella loves it and is quite good at her job. I liked seeing the vulnerable side of Ella. It is hard for her to accept help and her pride gets in the way a bit. I bet we can all relate to that in a way. It's not easy to admit you need help, but the good news is God is always there to lend a hand.  The author does an amazing job of keeping the story intense with unsavory characters and close calls that continue to put Ella and Owen in danger. Why does this man want Ella dead? Can Owen keep his promise to keep Ella safe?

The ending is one non stop action packed experience that will have your heart racing. The author delivers a first class story that keeps readers involved with great descriptions of scenes that make you feel like you are right there watching from the sidelines. I am very impressed with how the author delivers a story that reminds us to never give up hope.  

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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A Greater Yes, April 22
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

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About the Book

Title: Love, AmyLove, Amy
Author: Amy Young
Genre: Memoir
Release Date: June, 2017
She came to China with a lesson plan. What she found was a new sense of purpose.

Amy Young traveled to China in the mid 1990s to teach English to educators. But she never expected the profound way they would enrich her soul. With the influence of the enchanting country and its extraordinary everyday people, Amy extended a two-year assignment to nearly two decades far away from home.

Starting shortly after her arrival, Amy shared her stories and her unique perspective through a series of letters. Her nine years of correspondence demonstrated a country going through growing pains: from political unrest to the SARS epidemic to budding prosperity. Amy battled language barriers, cultural faux pas, and invasive mice with nothing to lose. She even fought for her life with a potentially deadly illness, unsure if she’d survive to share her tale.

Throughout her journey, Amy drew strength from God and came to appreciate the beauty and power of an ordinary life lived well.Love, Amy: An Accidental Memoir Told in Newsletters from China is one woman’s deeply moving journey of self-transformation. If you like humorous anecdotes, immersions in Eastern culture, and honest stories that aren’t afraid to dig deep, then you’ll love Amy Young’s heartfelt tale.

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About the Author

Amy YoungAmy Young is a writer, speaker, and advocate for embracing the messy middle of your one glorious life. Author of Looming TransitionsTwenty Two Activities for Families in Transitionand The Looming Transitions Workbook, she also created the blog The Messy Middle (, has been a part of Velvet Ashes, (an online community for missionaries) from the beginning, and contributes regularly to A Life Overseas. Amy enjoys nothing more than being with her people, wherever they are in the world. She also enjoys cheering on the Denver Broncos and Kansas Jayhawks. After nearly twenty years in China, she returned to Denver and much to her shock, discovered she enjoys gardening.

Guest Post from Amy Young

The tug for a life that is “Anything but Boring”
When I was in college the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Sarah Plain and Tallchanged my life. You’ve probably seen it and been moved too. Sarah, a spinster by the standard of her day, moves from Boston to the fields of Kansas to consider marrying a widower and help him raise his children and work his farm. Her brother could not understand why Sarah would move from so-called civilization to the middle of nowhere. But the longing she felt for her life to matter resonated deeply with me.
I was in the liminal space between adolescence and adulthood. Like Sarah, I knew I could stay where I was and live a good life, but I wanted more. And so I moved to China.
Our world is one that loves big, change-the-world stories. I love them too. I remember reading The End of the Spear, the story of Jim Elliott and his friends who were martyred for their faith. I also lost myself in the stories of Gladys Aylward, William Carey, Lottie Moon, and Amy Carmichael. I remember reading about a missionary that had some worm pulled out of his stomach that was the size of a large snake. Disgusting! Fascinating! All for the gospel! The life of faith was exciting and God was on the move all the time! While it is true, the life of faith is exciting and God is on the move, it is also ordinary, boring, disappointing, and confusing. When I started compiling the letters I wrote from my days in China, I was embarrassed by what “first year Amy” said. She was so clueless, so uninformed, so willing to display her lack of cultural knowledge. I wanted to put my hand over her mouth and ask her to please pipe down because she did not really believe what she was saying. But she did, “first year Amy” could not know what “fifteen year in China Amy” knew.
These change the world stories I love? Turns out they have been more sanitized than I realized without showing the cultural and ministry progression that must have taken place.
Even now, knowing what I know, part of me wishes my newsletters contained miracles and throngs coming to Christ because of my work. I thought throngs and miracles were what a “real” cross-cultural worker would do. I thought that would show that my life mattered, like Sarah’s when she moved to Kansas. Don’t we all want our lives to matter? I believed that mattering was measurable. By compiling and writing this book the lesson Love, Amy has taught me is that too often we confuse size with significance. I still hear the whisper that says, “Amy, really? You wrote about the cultural beliefs that influence standing in line and you think that is worth people giving of their prayer, money, and time?” Part of me is reluctant even now to publish these letters because they are common. In truth, I am happy with my life and the contributions I have made. Of course I have regrets and wish I’d handled certain situations differently. But if all we hear are the spectacular stories, we can miss the gift our beautifully ordinary lives can be.
Who made it into the Gospels? A widow and her two mites. A boy and his few fish. She is described as offering out of her poverty. His common lunch was used to feed more than he could have imagined. Jesus did not tend to elevate those in power or those who seemed impressive.
My first year, a fellow teacher in China told me, “You’re lucky you’re still in your first year. Wait until your second year and you have told all your stories. You’ll have nothing to say in your newsletters.” Isn’t that the heart of what we fear—that we will have nothing to say with our lives? The secret to combating this fear is not that secretive. Show up and be present. Taken individually, these letters don’t add up to much, but put them together and much to my surprise, month after month I wrote an accidental memoir.
As ordinary as it is, I do have to say, life in China was anything but boring! If you love memoirs and want to hear stories that will make you laugh or cringe (and sometimes both), join me on a college campus in China.


What a gift it was to read this book. I have always admired people who go to other countries to help those who are ill or want to read or just be able to survive. Amy writes a book that not only journals her gift of teaching English but opened her eyes to a country that had the same goals as we do. I can't imagine leaving the safety of America to travel overseas without having thoughts of danger in my head. I loved when she wrote, " I can't guarantee the road will be smooth from here on out, but I know that we have a purpose and are making a difference one student at a time."  As I read that, I smiled knowing her journey would be a blessing to her as well as to others. 

Amy writes about her life in China that takes readers to a place we only hear about. I'm sure the culture shock had to be enormous but her ability to adapt was God's way of saying "This is your calling." Isn't that a comfort for us when we know we are where God wants us to be. There were times I'm sure Amy became discouraged but her writing only encourages me to get out of my comfort zone. I loved getting to know the friends she made and the connection she had with the students. She gave them hope, encouragement and compassion.  

The book is very detailed and helped me experience a different culture through words that danced across the pages as Amy became more at home in China. She thought she would be there for a short time, but God had other plans for her. Her adventure became her way of life for many years.  She touched many lives and experienced a  true example of being God's hands and feet.  The book is written as a newsletter of sorts , but for me its a personal letter for everyone to glimpse a life that changed the writer. What would you do if God called you to another country? Could you trust Him enough to step out of your comfort zone? The good news is , " He will never leave us nor forsake us."

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Chicken Culprit: Backyard Farming Mystery Series
by Vikki Walton

I just have to say that this book is way too cute for its own good. . . This is a wonderful start to a new series . . .
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

About the Book

Chicken Culprit: Backyard Farming Mystery Series
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Colorado
Morewellson, LTD
Print Length: 251 pages
Digital ASIN: B079SS1C4S
Finally healing after her heart-breaking divorce, Anne Freemont is ready to put the painful past behind her.
Discovering an old Victorian for sale in the small mountain town of Carolan Springs may be just what she needs. The beauty of Colorado beckons, so Anne heads west to start her new life.
Yet, before Anne’scompletely settled in, her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile. What’s worse is that Anne’s quirky young neighbor, Kandi Jenkins, could be the killer. When Kandi begs for her help, Anne feels she has no choice but to help the young woman.
However, she finds herself quickly at odds with the local sheriff. And while she uncovers more of the community’s secrets, she’s also exploring her awakening feelings for Sam Powers, the town’s deputy coroner.
Once Anne starts looking at who could be the real killer, the suspect list keeps getting longer and longer. It seems that Carolan Springs is a place of many secrets. But who would want to murder Ralph and who’s willing to kill again to keep their secret?

About the Author

Vikki Walton is a suburban homesteader aka the Havensteader. She has chickens, gardens, and bees and is a certified permaculture designer. She’s also the author of nonfiction books. She loves to travel, is a global house and pet sitter and when not out in the garden or hiking in beautiful Colorado, is plotting her next mystery.
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I loved the small town atmosphere and how all the people looked out for each other. It is a refreshing story that had me loving all the characters. I love apples and it was so intriguing to read how they used the apples to make their own apple cider. Carolan Springs is the perfect place to relax, refresh and perhaps hide from the media. Anne is hoping she can blend in as she decides to buy a quaint Victorian house . 

I really liked Anne and thought she had the patience of a saint when she bet her neighbor Kandi. If Kandi was my neighbor, I would lock my doors and keep the binds closed at all times. I know she means well, but if she said "like" one more time I was going to have to yank her hair out. Oh small town living is filled with friendly well meaning people so Anne seems to welcome Kandi into her life. Even though Kandi annoyed me, she kinda grew on me. I have to say the author wrote the perfect character to become friends with Anne. 

As luck would have it, Anne's not so nice older neighbor is found dead. Could Kandi have killed him because he threatened to kill her chicken? The local cops sure do think its the perfect motive for murder and off Kandi goes to jail. There are so many laughs during the story that I found myself really getting comfortable in Carolan Springs. Poor Kandi has to call Anne to pick her up from jail since her husband is busy. Did I mention how much I dislike Kandi's husband?  He is a jerk, a snob, a sneak and overall horrible person and husband. I think I will add him to the list of suspects.

The author writes a great story with fun characters and some surprises about a few that I was not prepared for. This is a first in a new series and i know readers will love the way the story flows and how caught up you can get with the town and its people. yes i was surprised at the ending and it makes me want to read the next in the series. Well done for a great storyline about homesteading and the town that watches out for each other.

I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.

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About the Author

Caryl McAdooCaryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-two years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

A mysterious dead man directs the small band on their journey to a much safer corridor he dubs The King’s Highway. 
Airplanes are falling out of the sky, and all things electric rendered useless after a mysterious flash. It tests the grit of fifteen-year-old Jackson Allison when the care and safety of his younger siblings fall solely to him. No one knows for sure what’s happened, but danger lurks if they stayWith a fierce determination to keep his thirteen-year-old sister McKenzie and nine-year-old brother Cooper safe, the high school freshman is compelled to leave their Irving home in the shadow of the DFW Airport for their grandparents’ farm a hundred-plus miles northeast
Thrust into a lawless, chaotic world, he’s guided by an ever-changing cryptic note that leads his growing troupe along the King’s Highway. Bullies, Russians, wild animals, gang-bangers, and kidnappers thwart their progress while a lack of drinkable water and food is a constant concern. Will hever get his people tosafety in the Red River Valley in far Northeast Texas?


 I have read a lot of books by Caryl and have become a huge fan of her writing. She is very gifted and makes each story come to life.  If I could write a perfect description for this story, it would be something like " The End of Times has come to Texas in this perfectly illustrated story."  The author has once again surprised me with her gift of exploring a theme that many have talked about but few are ready for.

From the very beginning, I admired Jackson. I found him to be a very compassionate and smart young man. What would you do if suddenly there was no electricity? You could hear chaos going on in the streets and you knew you had to get your siblings to safety. Jackson takes command in an orderly fashion and decides the best thing to do is go to where his grandparents live. McKenzie and Cooper were not quite sure if they should leave the safety of their home, but Jackson knows it's time to get out of there.

I was very intrigued by the old man who appeared to Jackson. His wisdom was helpful and guided Jackson on the journey that lay ahead. Would it be hard to listen to someone you couldn't see? That is exactly what God wants us to do. I could sense Jacksonngrowing in faith as he became more in tuned with the voice. The siblings meet several characters along the way that will be a challenge for them. m the very beginning, I admired Jackson. I found him to be a very compassionate and smart young . 

I loved the dog and found him to be a valuable character in the story. He was loyal, protective and has a keen sense of danger. I loved how he took to the kids right away. It seems like he was sent to protect them. Isn't that just like God to send us something for protection ? The story is very intriguing and I was very impressed with how the author delivered a story that makes us think about how much faith we need to  have if we were  faced with a similar situation. She writes with such depth and details that you feel a part of the story. This is one series you don't want to miss. I am anxious to continue reading the next book to find out what happens to Jackson and his siblings? Do they reach their destination? Where did their mother disappear to? What dangers lay ahead for them? Will they stand strong and trust God? Get ready for an action packed story that will have you on the edge of your seat.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and the author. The review is my own opinon..

Historical family sagas, Caryl's most popular series,
undoubtedly’ll offer readers copious gaggling and tearies!


gs to safety. Jackson take command in an orderly fashion and decides the best thing to do is go to where his grandparents live. McKenzie and Cooper were not quite sure if they should leave the safety of their home, but Jackson knows it's time to get out of there.

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