Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Hartline Blitz #2 ~ “Secrets of Crescent Point” by Raquel Byrnes

Leaving Noble Island amid scandal and accusation, Raven vows never to return, but when her sister’s fiancĂ© goes missing, Raven has no choice. Shunned by the island, if she is to unravel the mystery of Niklos’s disappearance, she must rely on the only man she’s ever loved, Siyah Cavaler. 

Siyah was devastated when Raven left Noble Island, but as the clan’s heir apparent, he has a responsibility to keep the families from falling into ruin and crime. To preserve the island’s future, he agrees to a bride from a rival family, but Raven’s return stirs his heart and jeopardizes his position in the council. Giving in to his love for Raven would mean turning his back on all he’s ever known. 

When Raven’s investigation uncovers a grisly discovery, a darkness is unleashed that threatens them both. 

Bizarre accidents, unexplained deaths, and strange apparitions shroud the island. Raven and Siyah struggle to save the families and their love as they race to stop another death and unveil the Secrets at Crescent Point.

Raquel Byrnes lives in Southern, California with her husband of twenty years and their six children. She writes across several genres including YA Steampunk, mystery and romantic suspense. She loves to connect with other book lovers on Twitter @raquelbyrnes. You can visit her at her website: and her writing blog, Edge of Your Seat Stories.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Hartline Blitz #1 ~ “The Hesitant Heiress” by Dawn Crandall

    With the rare ability to play the piano by ear, Amaryllis Brigham wants nothing more than to someday found a music school. However, someone keeps undermining her hopes and dreams at every turn. 
    Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself quickly falling in love with the most unlikely of men—the son of the very man she suspects has been bent on ruining her life. However, Nathan Everstone turns out to be much more than he seems… and everything she never knew she wanted. But can she trust an Everstone man?



Dawn Crandall writes long inspirational historical romantic suspense. She has a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University and lives in northeast Indiana with her ever-supportive husband and their newest addition, a little baby boy. Learn more about Dawn and The Hesitant Heiress from the August 2014 blog tour:

Thursday, August 7, 2014



I am giving away a prize pack every weekend for the six weeks of the blog tour, and then one larger prize pack at the end. Each of YOU who comments on any post will be entered into the drawing for that specific week, and then also for the end of the tour Grand Prize–all of which will be announced on this blog. Many of the blogger's posting in the blog tour are also giving away a digital copy of The Hesitant Heiress.

THE FIVE WEEKLY PRIZE PACKS: a $10 Amazon Gift Card, an eBook of The Hesitant Heiress, a mug with all three book covers and a moleskin journal!

THE GRAND PRIZE (at the end of week six): a Kindle Fire, PLUS a $10 Amazon Gift Card, an eBook of The Hesitant Heiress, a mug with all three book covers and a moleskin journal!

The Schedule:

“Coming From the Pen of Dawn Crandall…” at Margaret Chind’s blog,

The winner was ANNA WEAVER HURTT!!!!

Interview at Lisa Henson’s blog,

The winner was PAMELA MORRISSON!!!!

Interview at Amanda Geaney’s blog,

The winner was TINA RICE!!!!

Book Review at Stacey Daniel’s blog,

Book Review at Stacey Zink’s blog,

The winner was LYNDA EDWARDS!!!!

Book review at Savanna Kaiser's Review:

Book review at Pegg Thomas’ Review: 

Book review at Joy Avery Melville’s Review:

Interview {with Nathan & Amaryllis too} at Karlene Jacobson’s blog,

***The winner of the week one's prize pack was

Book Review at Jody Bailey Day’s blog, {part 1}

Book Review at Lindsey Grogg's blog,

Spotlight on The Everstone Chronicles at Connie Fischer’s blog,

The winner was BREANNA DAVENPORT!!!!

~ Book Review at Susan Tuttle’s blog,

The winner was NANCY McLEROY!!!!
~ Interview at Hannah Conway’s blog,

The winner was SHEENA LIND!!!!

Interview at Cara Putman’s blog,

Interview at Amber Schamel at

The winner was MARISA DESHAIES!!!!

***The winner of the week two's prize pack was MELISSA TAGG!!

Interview at Jody Bailey Day’s blog, {part 2}

Interview at Savanna Kaiser’s blog,

The winner was JACKIE McNUTT!!!!

Interview at Jaime Wright’s blog,

The winner was HEIDI ROBBINS!!!!

Book Review at Kelly Bridgewaters blog,

Interview at Lena Nelson Dooley’s blog,

The winner was AERYKAH HARWELL!!!!

Interview at Karin Beery’s blog,

Interview at Melanie’s blog at {Winner will be announced soon--deadline to enter is August 21st!} 

Interview at Courtney Clark’s blog,

The winner was JANELLA W.!!!!

***The winner of the week three's prize pack was BETH BULOW!!

Book Giveaway on Sarah Ladd’s FaceBook Page,

The winner was RAQUEL MUNIZ!!!!
Interview on Rachel McMillan’s blog,

Interview on Iola Goulton’s blog, {part 1}

Book Review on Iola Goulton’s blog, {part 2}

Novel Pastimes blog, {part 1}

Interview at Joy Avery Melville's blog,

Guest Post: Having ADD, a Newborn Baby and a Book Contract… at 

Novel PasTimes blog, {part 2}

The winner was KAY MOORHOUSE!!!!

Interview at Stacey Daniel’s blog,

The winner was RACHAEL MERRITT!!!!

Would You Rather {with Nathan & Amaryllis} at Jessica R. Patch’s blog,
Interview at Pegg Thomas’ blog,

***The winner of the week four's prize pack was SYLVIA MILLER!!

Interview at Heather Day Gilbert’s blog,

Gretchen E.K. Engel’s group blog,

Terri Weldon’s blog,

Book Review at Marisa Deshaies’s blog, A Way with Words,

Interview at Kate Elise Guterrez’s blog,

Interview {part 1} at Marisa Deshaies’s blog, A Way with Words, 

Interview at Mary Vee’s blog,



Saturday, August 23

~ Interview {part 2} at Marisa Deshaies’s blog, A Way with Words, 

***WEEK #5 PRIZE: $10 Amazon Gift Card, eBook of The Hesitant Heiress, mug with all three book covers, moleskin journal~~WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED!!
Monday, August 25

~ Interview at Casey Herringshaw’s blog,

Tuesday, August 26 – 

~ Book Review/Interview with Noela Nancarrow on Overcoming With God
~ Book Review at Preslaysa Williams’ blog,

Wednesday, August 27

 ~ Interview at Anna Moore Bradfield’s blog,
~ Book Review at Anne Payne’s blog,

Thursday, August 28 – 

~ Book Review at Laura Pol’s blog,

Friday, August 29 – 

~ Guest Post about “My Journey to Publication” on Sandra Ardoin’s blog,

Saturday, August 30 – 

~ Blog Tour Final Post and Prize Giveaway on my website

***GRAND PRIZE: A KINDLE FIRE, a $10 Amazon Gift Card, eBook of The Hesitant Heiress, mug with all three book covers, moleskin journal~~WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED!!


Other Scheduled Posts

{part 1} a mini-blog series with Kristy Cambron at and 

{part 2} a mini-blog series with Kristy Cambron at and

{part 3} a mini-blog series with Kristy Cambron at and   

Monday, September 8 – My Journey to Publication at Preslaysa William’s blog,

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Writer's Review of “All the Tea in China" by Jane Orcutt

{My Review}

I truly enjoyed reading this book upon having it recommended to me by a writer-friend of mine. Being that I write historical romance from first person point of view, I am always on the lookout for such books to read. I loved that it was written strictly from the point of view of the heroine, Isabella, and that the reader gets to know Phineas Snow right along with her.

For the first 75% of this book I was COMPLETELY in love with it. I loved the characters, the writing, the plot... but then the last 25% was so much more telling, and mainly about the hero's mother and the heroine. It was still a good story to the end, but it just seemed like a much different book during that last quarter. What I liked most was that it was written in the kind of first person POV that I love best--at least for most of it. 

I do wish there were more of this kind of book in the Christian publishing market. All the Tea in China was published back in 2007, and soon after that the author unfortunately passed away. I bought this book (here) because I adored that first 75% so much.

All the Tea in China by Jane Orcutt currently has a rating of 3.66 out of 5 stars (from 406 ratings) on Goodreads.

{Blurb from GoodReads}

The good young Englishwoman knows that her destiny depends upon a good marriage match. But Isabella Goodrich is not your typical good young Englishwoman. After an encounter with those less fortunate than she, witty and fun-loving Isabella makes a shocking decision. Against everyone's advice and wishes, she is going to become a missionary in the Far East. Fighting against cultural expectations, common sense, and a mentor who is not as he seems, Isabella leaves her predictable Oxford life behind and sets sail to a new world fraught with danger. Can she trust the mysterious missionary Phineas Snowe? Or will her adventure end before it even begins? This first novel in the Rollicking Regency series will delight readers who like high adventure, twisting plots, and a fun bit of romance.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Writer's Review of “Mom's Night Out” ~ The Two Books and the Movie

{My Review of Mom's Night Out}

I love a good movie, and I love when there's a book to go along with it. And I have to admit, I watched the movie first. I couldn't help it! It looked so good--and since I've recently entered the world of "motherhood", I was super excited about seeing it. This will be my life for the next twenty years??? Yes!!!! But, boy do I love my new little boy! He is worth it! 

Apart from being base on a great movie, this was a great book! Tricia Goyer has a reputation in the Christian publishing market (CBA) for writing best-selling novels of a few different genres. She did an amazing job taking the story from the screen to the page.
{About the Book}

Moms' Night Out is a novelization of the hilarious family comedy that celebrates real family life--where everything can go wrong and still turn out all right. 

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms' night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours-what could go wrong?

Chronicling one night out gone awry, three harried moms, their husbands, a sister-in-law with a misplaced baby, a tattoo parlor owner, a motorcycle gang, and a bewildered cabbie all learn to embrace the beautiful mess called parenting. This book spotlights the unfulfilled expectations and serial self-doubts many moms feel . . . then reassures us that the key is raising kids in a loving home. Mom's Night Out is an endearing, true-to-life comedy. 

Purchase a copy HERE.

{About the Author}

USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and Lead Your Family Like Jesus (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like and She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children. 

Connect with Tricia: website, Twitter, Facebook 


{My Review of Moms' Night Out and Other Things I Miss . . .} 

This was also a very good book! I'm not quite to the point of having as many of the mommy-issues as someone who has multiple, or older children--but I know from the two and a half months that I have been a mom that it's hard work! And amidst the chaos and busyness of being a mom, we need to STOP and recoup. This was a very nice devotional to go along with the novel and movie.

{About the Book}

As a Mom, couldn't you use a good laugh? 

Inspired by the endearing, true-to-life movie Moms' Night Out, comedian Kerri Pomarolli has created this light, yet inspiring devotional that will definitely make you laugh, but will also help you discover that indeed you are not alone, and that God's gracious provision of love and faithfulness is at work in your life and of your loved ones.

Whether you're running full-speed-ahead or disappointed that it's Monday (again), you'll find joy in these devotions where Kerri shares hilarious stories and insights on daily life. Messy homes, messy kids, lost pets, never ending casseroles, forgetful husbands, and the desire to just take a long bath . . . This world can be a funny place, and these stories are bound to prove it. Read a devotion to brighten your morning, or catch a few words to make you smile before bed. There's never a bad time for a good laugh, and as a Mom, you need a Moms' Night Out and Other Things I Miss: Devotions To Help You Survive. 

Purchase a copy HERE.

{About the Author}

Called Hollywood's "God Girl," Kerri Pomarolli is an accomplished actress, comedian, published author, Christian speaker and veteran of television---with credits that include 29 appearances on The Tonight Show and Comedy Central.

Connect with Kerri: website, Twitter, Facebook 

{About the Movie}

The Moms' Night Out film features Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle), Alex Kendrick (Courageous), Robert Amaya (Courageous), Andrea Logan White (Revelation Road), Kevin Downes (Courageous), and platinum-selling country recording artist Trace Adkins (The Lincoln Lawyer).


Motherhood can sometimes seem like survival of the fittest. Every day brings its own troubles, and by the end of the day, you’re spent. Between school, soccer practice, cleaning, laundry, cooking dinner, putting away dishes, and keeping your kids from going at each others’ throats, the last thing on your mind is getting away for an evening. If that’s you, you’re invited to take part in Tricia and Kerri’s No More Frumpy Mommy challenge.

Tricia and Kerri will choose 10 winners to receive a Fandango gift card to see Moms’ Night Out, as well as copies of Moms’ Night Out (the book) and Moms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss. One grand-prize winner will receive $200 to put toward her own moms’ night out or her own moms’ night out “ride” (getting her car detailed and cleaned).

Moms' Night Out: Official Trailer

Moms' Night Out: Official Trailer