Saturday, November 28, 2015

Giveaway of Print Copies of The Captive Imposter!

Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion named Elle Stoneburner at one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine—the one she'd always loved best and always hoped to own one day, Everston. The one thing she doesn't like about the situation is that her ex-fiancĂ© is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella reluctantly forms a friendship with the gruff manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley, who seems to have something against wealthy young socialites with too much money, although they are just the kind of people Everston caters to. 

When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer she can't refuse. She sees no other choice aside from going back home to her family and accepts the position as companion to his sister. Throughout her interactions with Dexter, she can't deny the pull that's evidenced between them every time he comes near. Estella realizes that while she's been hiding behind a false name and identity, she’s never been freer to be herself than when she's with Dexter Blakeley. But will he still love her when he finds out she's Estella Everstone? She's not entirely sure.


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WHAT SOME OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT MY BOOKS!


"Delving deep into the human heart with prose as polished as beach stones, THE HESITANT HEIRESS is a marvelous romance and an impressive debut."
--LORI BENTON
, Award winning author of Burning Sky, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn and The Wood's Edge

  
"A love story to savor, THE HESITANT HEIRESS is a gentle Gilded Age courtship that delightfully teases, taunts, and takes the heroine--and the reader--by surprise with a tale of mystery and true love revealed."
--JULIE LESSMAN, Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series


"THE HESITANT HEIRESS features a rich cast of characters set in a world of intrigue, faith, and drama. Dawn Crandall is a new author to watch!"
--ELIZABETH CAMDEN, Award winning author of Against the Tide and With Every Breath


"If you enjoy reading inspirational romance, you'll love THE HESITANT HEIRESS!" 

--MELANIE DOBSON, Award-winning author of Chateau of Secrets


"What a heart-stopping work of art! The first chapter was all it took to captivate this eager reader!"

--SHARLENE MacLAREN, Author of Heart of Mercy and Threads of Joy


"Readers of Laura Frantz' dramatic historicals and Julie Lessman's twist-filled sagas will love THE EVERSTONE CHRONICLES."

--RACHELLE REA, Author of The Sound of Diamonds


"An intense, powerful journey of one woman's search for true love and true forgiveness. Absolutely beautiful."

--PEPPER BASHAMAuthor of The Thorn Bearer

"Dawn Crandall creates a cast of broken characters whose struggles  spoke to me from the prologue. This story will send you on a passionate search for the Healer of all hurts."

--CARA PUTMANAuthor of Shadowed by Grace


"Dawn Crandall is a fresh new voice in inspirational romance, and her latest offering, THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER, does not disappoint! Estella is sweet but imperfect, intelligent but not harsh. Blakeley is handsome: mysterious and contradictory, the perfect Byronic hero. As more and more people learn the truth about this imposter, that coming reveal might just change everything."

--SANDRA BYRD, author of Mist of Midnight


"Set in late nineteenth-century America, the Everstone family is wealthy, powerful, and used to getting their own way. Visit a bygone era filled with romance, intrigue, and characters who will stay with you long after you close the book. Dramatic and engaging, this is one series you won't want to miss."

--MICHELLE GRIEP, Author of Brentwood's Ward 


"Romantic! Engaging and absorbing! Dawn Crandall brings America's Gilded Age to life on the page with vintage amour and emotional depth."

--KRISTY CAMBRON, Author of The Butterfly and the Violin


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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Giveaway for Five Print Copies of The Bound Heart

One accidental kiss from Lawry Hampton. That was all it took to throw Meredyth Summercourt's world upside-down. Determined to marry the ever-elusive Vance Everstone, she simply doesn't have the time or the desire to fall for her best friend. But with Vance out of the country, and with Lawry at her side nearly every day, teaching her what the world is like through the eyes of a little orphan girl named Wynn--Meredyth can't deny that what's holding her to Vance is nothing more than a desire to redeem herself from her past.

Will she marry Vance once he returns from Europe? Or will she be strong enough to break free from the tangled web she's convinced she deserves, and accept that God's plan for her life includes redemption...and, quite possibly, Lawry Hampton?


2015 winner of The Clash of the Titles Laurel Award
2012 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest

"Visit a bygone era filled with romance, intrigue, and characters who will stay with you long after you close the book. Dramatic and engaging, THE EVERSTONE CHRONICLES is one series you won't want to miss."

--MICHELLE GRIEP, author of Brentwood's Ward

"Readers of Laura Frantz' dramatic historicals and Julie Lessman's twist-filled sagas will love THE EVERSTONE CHRONICLES."

--RACHELLE REA, author of The Sound of Diamonds

"Dawn Crandall brings America's Gilded Age to life on the page with vintage amour and emotional depth. Poetically written, Crandall's stories of faith and love will charm fans of classic literature and Christian fiction alike."

--KRISTY CAMBRON, Author of The Butterfly and the Violin and The Sparrow of Terezin

"THE BOUND HEART is an intense, powerful journey of one woman's search for true love and true forgiveness. It is a beautiful reminder to us that nothing is too broken for God to piece together with the power of his grace. Absolutely beautiful."

--PEPPER BASHAM, Author of The Thorn Bearer

"In THE BOUND HEART, Dawn Crandall creates a cast of broken characters whose struggles spoke to me from the prologue. This story will send you on a passionate search for the Healer of all hurts."

--CARA PUTMAN, Author of Shadowed by Grace

"Delving deep into the human heart with prose as polished as beach stones, THE HESITANT HEIRESS is a marvelous romance and an impressive debut."

--LORI BENTON, Author of Burning Sky, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn and The Wood's Edge

The Everstone Chronicles by Dawn Crandall

Friday, October 16, 2015

It’s time to party!!

We are having a Cover Release Party for Pepper D. Basham’s second historical romance, The Thorn Keeper, set to release in February 2016. Pepper’s debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, arrived in May 2015 and has been met with fantastic reviews.

A few notes of praise for Peppers debut novel, Book #1 in The Penned in Time series, The Thorn Bearer:

“Tucked inside a wonderful romance, you will find more depth here than most books you’ll ever read.” – Charity Andrews, book reviewer at A Transparent Mom

“Wonderful story-telling, a realistic faith journey, memorable prose and a dry wit that I appreciate very much all make this book one I won't soon forget.” – Catherine West, award winning author of Yesterdays Tomorrow, Bridge of Faith and Hidden in the Heart

“This just-released debut is a special one. The historical pieces of the puzzle were there and added a great punch – and often surprise – to the story, but the real focus of The Thorn Bearer was about the people and their faith in God. Books like this make me so happy to be a reader and reviewer.” – Savanna Kaiser, book reviewer at The Engrafted Word

And, of course, my own endorsement of The Thorn Bearer is as follows...

“Dealing with the bravery it takes to work past dark secrets and misplaced guilt The Thorn Bearer is more than a historical romance; it’s also a story about God’s ability to redeem souls and conquer strongholds. Pepper Basham’s writing is heartbreakingly raw at times, but always beautiful because of the redemptive scope of the story.” – Dawn Crandall, award winning author of The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart and The Captive Imposter

As we look forward to the second book’s release, here’s a little blurb to tempt you.

With her past in shambles, how can she fashion a future of hope?

Catherine Dougall’s past of manipulation has left her future in threads. With a new faith, she longs to take the remnants of her life and make something beautiful, but shame, societies’ judgments, and the natural consequences of an unplanned pregnancy test her newfound hope. Dr. David Ross doesn’t help either. His kindness, sacrifice, and tenderness tempt her to impossible dreams. A fallen woman doesn’t merit a fairytale.

David Ross has made every effort to keep his life above reproach. His passion for the sick pump fresh purpose through his choices, but without financial support to maintain his war hospital, all is lost. When his notorious aunt offers an easy solution, David is tempted to give in to her demands, but his growing affection for the reformed flirt, Catherine Dougall, unwinds the careful wall around his heart and offers an unexpected choice.

When the worst of war tears them apart, can love renew the memory of what was lost or will tragedy steal away their hope forever.

From the beautiful Derbyshire countryside to the trenches of World War One, Catherine and David must learn to trust in a God who designs a masterpiece out of brokenness and fashions hope in the most unlikely places.

This book has many of the same things enjoyed in book one – historical details, deep emotions, adventure, humor…and, of course, romance... actually, theres an extra dose of romance in this one!

So without further ado, we introduce The Thorn Keeper – available February 1, 2016 from Vinspire Publishing.


***And…don’t forget that Pepper’s first contemporary romance novel will be available in January 2016! A Twist of Faith is a modern retelling of My Fair Lady with an Appalachian twist.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a digital advanced review copy of The Thorn Keeper, which will be sent to the winners near the end of November!!

What’s one thing you like about this cover? Or, if you read The Thorn Bearer, what was one thing you enjoyed about Pepper’s debut?

More about Pepper!

Pepper Basham has been telling tales ever since she was a little girl. When her grandmother called her a “writer” at the age of ten, Pepper took it as gospel and has enjoyed various types of writing styles ever since. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and lover of chocolate, Pepper enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction wherever she can. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC, where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. She is represented by Julie Gwinn.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Writer’s Review of The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry

{About the Book}

Imagine being held captive for seventy years without aging a day, only to escape into modern-day 2015. Meet WWII hero Roger Greene in Rick Barry’s The Methuselah Project. 

Roger Greene is a war hero. Raised in an orphanage, the only birthright he knows is the feeling that he was born to fly. Flying against the Axis Powers in World War II is everything he always dreamed—until the day he’s shot down and lands in the hands of the enemy.

When Allied bombs destroy both his prison and the mad genius experimenting on POWs, Roger survives. Within hours, his wounds miraculously heal, thanks to those experiments. The Methuselah Project is a success—but this ace is still not free. Seventy years later, Roger hasn’t aged a day, but he has nearly gone insane. This isn’t Captain America—just a lousy existence only made passable by a newfound faith. The Bible provides the only reliable anchor for Roger’s sanity and his soul. When he finally escapes, there’s no angelic promise or personal prophecy of deliverance, just confusion. It’s 2015—and the world has become an unrecognizable place.

Katherine Mueller—crack shot, genius, and real Southern Belle—offers to help him find his way home. Can he convince her of the truth of his crazy story? Can he continue to trust her when he finds out she works for the very organization he’s trying to flee?

Thrown right into pulse-pounding action from the first page, readers will find themselves transported back in time to a believable, full-colored past, and then catapulted into the present once more. The historical back-and-forth adds a constantly moving element of suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

{My Review} 

There is so much I didn't expect about this book~though I really should have put two and two together when the name Methuselah (the oldest man living from the Old Testament of the Bible) was involved in the title and the fact that it has to do with a Nazi experiment. Well anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by the scope of this novel. I was expecting a typical "man-type" WWII novel, which would have been fine! What I got was something like a mixture of the movie Captain America (yes, despite the Matt Damon look-alike on the cover, I did keep picturing Chris Evans as Roger Greene!) and The Age of Adeline. It's a little sci-fi, but just enough to make it seem more like a Marvel Comics kind of story instead of a futuristic post-apocalyptic type of read.   

Rick Barrys The Methuselah Project has a rating of 4.37 out of 5 stars (from 35 ratings) on GoodReads. I was given a copy of of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book released from Kregal Publications on September 27, 2015.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Writer’s Review of Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason

{About the book}   

Irish Meadows (Bethany House, July 2015)

Faced with an uncertain future, sometimes all you have left is the courage to dream.

Brianna and Colleen O'Leary know their Irish immigrant father expects them to marry well. Recently he's put even more pressure on them, insinuating that the very future of their Long Island horse farm, Irish Meadows, rests in their ability to land prosperous husbands. Both girls, however, have different visions for their futures.

Brianna, a quiet girl with a quick mind, dreams of attending college. Vivacious Colleen, meanwhile, is happy to marry---as long as her father's choice meets her exacting standards of the ideal groom. When former stable hand Gilbert Whelan returns from business school and distant relative Rylan Montgomery visits Long Island during his seminary training, the two men quickly complicate everyone's plans.

As the farm slips ever closer to ruin, James O'Leary grows more desperate. It will take every ounce of courage for both sisters to avoid being pawns in their father's machinations and instead follow their hearts. And even if they do, will they inevitably find their dreams too distant to reach?


{My Review}

I was really looking forward to reading this book, and am glad I was able to have a chance while also helping promote it through a LitFuse Blog Tour. Bethany House has a variety of genres and sub-genres, and Irish Meadows belongs very strongly in the Tracie Peterson historical romance camp of books--which is definitely not a bad thing!

Irish Meadows is a little different than most historical romances in that it involves two heroines (sisters) and two heroes, as well as an amazing setting and lots of family dynamics! For the most part, I usually enjoy books more when there are only one or two character point of views, but this book was very well-written and well-balanced for having so many. 

I really enjoyed reading Irish Meadows, getting to know the characters and seeing their relationships develop, suffer and eventually come to their happy endings. And I very much look forward to reading A Worthy Heart, the next in the series which releases in January!  

Susan Anne Mason's Irish Meadows has a rating of 4.11 out of 5 stars (from 184 ratings) on GoodReads. I was given a copy of of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book released from Bethany House on July 7, 2015.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1Mi7dDS

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{About the Author} 

 Susan Anne Mason's debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. A member of ACFW, as well, she lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

Find Susan online: website, Facebook, Twitter
Other books by Susan Anne Mason
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Join Susan in celebrating the release of Irish Meadows by entering to win her Kindle Fire giveaway and RSVPing to her September 1st author chat party!


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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
  • One copy of Irish Meadows
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 9/1. The winner will be announced at the Irish Meadows Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Susan and other readers, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!


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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 1st!