Love, Lies and Typewriters – Entertaining Wartime Western Romance

About this Book

A cowboy with a Purple Heart. A reporter with a broken heart. Which one is her Mr. Right?

When Lucy Daniels is rescued from a stampeding herd of cattle by war hero Dale Sumner, sparks fly and headlines are born. Smelling an opportunity, the local newspaper decides to send the couple on a tour selling war bonds—not to mention, subscriptions. Enamored with her handsome savior, Lucy is happy to play her part … until she realizes her affections are slowly slipping toward the wrong man.

Ace reporter and aspiring mystery writer Bryce Richard is tasked with building up Lucy and Dale’s budding affair. He can’t think of anything worse for a journalist than switching from hard news to pounding out romantic drivel. Complicating matters, Bryce wishes Lucy would look to him for her happily-ever-after. Only, that would wreck the whole tour and Bryce’s coveted book deal.

When love and lies collide on the front page, will Lucy and Bryce have a chance to write their own fairy tale ending? Or are they already yesterday’s news?

 


About the Author

A former journalist, Heather is an avid researcher and skillfully weaves truth in among fictional story lines. She loves exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw’s note in her hand. You can learn more about her and her work at https://ladiesindefiance.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/heatherfreyblanton. Sign up for Heather’s email newsletter to receive the latest book release updates, as well as info about contests and giveaways (https://ladiesindefiance.com/).

Heather is the independent bestselling author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series, which has sold over 40,000 copies. Intrigued by the concept of three good sisters stranded in a lawless Colorado mining town, a few notable Hollywood producers have requested the script for her first book in that series, A Lady in Defiance. Heather’s writing is gritty and realistic. In fact, her books have been compared to AMC’s Hell on Wheels series, as well as the legendary Francine Rivers book, Redeeming Love.

She writes Westerns because she grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne movies. Her most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to her father, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester!

She can be reached several different ways:

http://ladiesindefiance.com/
https://www.facebook.com/authorheatherblanton/?ref=hl
https://twitter.com/heatherfblanton
https://www.pinterest.com/heatherfblanton/

Christian Westerns is the genre that lets her write about strong pioneer women and men who struggle to find God and then live out their faith in real ways. Romance is always a strong element in her stories because it is such a beautiful gift from God, and a perfect reflection of how he loves His children: sacrificially and lavishly. Heather’s stories aren’t preachy or cheesy, but she hopes they are heart-warming, realistic, illuminating, and glorifying to God. Like good old fashioned Westerns, there is always justice, a moral message, American values, lots of high adventure, unexpected plot twists, and more than a touch of suspense.

“I believe Christian fiction should be messy and gritty, because the human condition is … and God loves us anyway.” — Heather Blanton  (source: Amazon Author Page)

My Review

Absolutely loved it! This was a down home fun romance. I loved watching Lucy as she tried to get Dale’s attention and found HOW she got his attention priceless!

The characters were really well done. Generally with novellas I feel like the characters are generally not well developed. But the author did a great job utilizing characters that we already know, the girl with the crush on the high school football jock turned war hero, the high school football jock, and the slightly awkward, geeky kid who loves the girl. But all three characters had so much more personality and depth. (Except maybe Dale!)

My favorite character, however, was Lucy’s father, Jud. Such an insightful and honest man, I loved the role he played in the story.

The story, although predictable romance ending, had some very nice twists. Bryce being a “city slicker” allowed for some extremely fun scenes throughout the book.

I don’t think I’ve read other World War II romances so I can’t compare this one to those, but I really think anyone who enjoys romances will enjoy this one.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author but was not required to leave a review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

New Book Watch: A Goose Creek Christmas by Virginia Smith

About this Book

 



Al’s Goose Is Cooked!

Forced into early retirement, Al Richardson knows what his wife will say when she hears the terrible news. Millie will insist that they open their B&B early. Where will that leave him? Carrying luggage and waiting tables? No way! He needs time to come up with another plan. With the help of an unlikely accomplice, Al spends his days scanning want ads and frequenting out-of-town coffee shops in an effort to hide his secret from all of Goose Creek—including his wife.

Millie is too busy to notice Al’s odd behavior. Between planning a huge Christmas party and holding tight to the reins of newcomer Lulu Thacker—whose tacky decorating schemes are sure to infuriate Main Street business owners—she has no time for anything else.

One thing is certain: In Goose Creek, no secret stays hidden for long. The most holy of holidays is swiftly approaching. Is Al in for a Merry Christmas or a Marriage Crisis?

Product Details

  • Series: Tales from the Goose Creek B&B
  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Next Step Books (October 24, 2016)

Why?

Well, simply put I’m from Goose Creek! However, my hometown had a different name, but it was very much like Goose Creek. These stories have been relaxing and fun books to read. The characters are interesting and easy to like (or maybe in Thatcher’s case not like too much!).

Knowing that Al has been forced to retire will shape up for an exciting adventure.

Right now the Kindle Edition is FREE!!! Get it while you can!

More than a Coloring Book More than a Devotional – All is Bright

About this Book

The perfect gift for the creatives and coloring-book lovers in your life! Includes bonus activities and kid-friendly coloring pages for the whole family!

This Christmas season, celebrate the birth of our Savior through beautiful design and devotion. Grab your colored pencils, cozy up with your favorite blanket and a cup of tea, and settle in for a night of peace and wonder with All Is Bright. For lovers of the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books, All Is Bright is the perfect way to transform the Advent and Christmas seasons for your whole family, re-centering the holidays on the miracle of Jesus’ birth. Combining 31 days of rich content by the beloved and inspirational Nancy Guthrie with intricate designs that will reconnect you with the heart of Christ, this coloring book devotional journey reminds us all of what the season really calls us to: worship.

 


My Review

I love to color! I use to print out kids’ coloring pages from the internet and color during meetings. So when I saw this book I was extremely excited!

In this book you not only get 31 beautiful pictures to color, but you also get 31 inspirational devotions. These devotions begin on December 1 and go through December 31st. The devotions are thoughtful and point the reader to the true meaning of Advent and Christmas.

The author also provides discussion starters for family devotions as well as written prayers. Both of these items are short but meaningful. There are also coloring pages with simpler designs for the younger artist.

This would make a great Advent gift those who love to color.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.

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An example of one of the pages. (Don’t judge the book by my ability to color please!)

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