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Top 10 Tuesday — Backlist Books

6 Nov

The lure of new shiny books is so, so real. They whisper of wonderful characters, exotic locales, and stories to get lost in. But what about all those books that I have missed? My TBR pile grows ever larger as new books are released and as the ones I have missed by favorite authors demand to be read too. Today, Top Ten Tuesday is all about the backlist — books that we just haven’t gotten to — yet. 😉 I’m featuring favorite authors’ books that I need to read! All of the books on my list are from authors I love and include historical and contemporary, romance and suspense genres. They were released a few (or a lot) of years ago and are still hanging out on my shelves or Kindle. Have you read them? Let me know what you thought.

Head over to That Artsy Reader Girl to discover more books and authors. Your TBR will love you!

Top Backlist Books I Need to Read!

 

Dangerous Mercy by Kathy Herman

Five Brides by Eva Marie Everson

Junebug by Chris Fabry

 

Leaving Yesterday by Kathryn Cushman

Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

The Queen by Steven James

Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist

 

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey

When The Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason

 

What backlist book do you need to read?

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Top 10 Tuesday — Book Title Mash Up

7 Aug

That Artsy Reader Girl is challenging bloggers to a Book Mash Up! We are supposed to take two books that combined together would make one awesome new book. I’m afraid my brain is a bit creativity-challenged, so I tweaked the topic this week to a Title Mash Up — two book titles combined to create a fun book with little in common to the originals. Won’t you join the fun by leaving a comment with some mashed together titles?

 

Top 10 Book Title Mash Up!

 

The Captured Bride Most Begrudging 

She really didn’t want to get married.

 

Carolina Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

Let’s move the action down South.

 

Chasing Secrets of A Charmed Life

Must discover that secret!

 

Dressed for Death in The Shadows

You have to look good!

An Endless Christmas Angel Project

A women’s project gone awry!

 

Imperfect Justice Betrayed

Justice just can’t catch a break.

 

Lead Me Home at Last

Can’t wait to get there.

 

Phoebe’s Light My Fire 

Sounds like a story of a racehorse.

 

A Rebel Heart Between Us

You just can’t trust the heart.

 

Rules of Murder at The Flamingo

Let’s make sure we follow the rules.

 

What are some more titles that make a good mash up?

 

Mini-Reviews from My Friend Carrie

19 Jan

Books are beginning to overtake my house! So I have enlisted my friend Carrie to help me with the enormous reading backlog. Here are her thoughts on four historical novels from Bethany House Publishers.

unknownThe Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund

Priscilla White has known that she wants to be a missionary since she was fifteen. Her plan is to go to India. Dr. Eli Ernest is about to travel back to Oregon to begin ministering to the Nez Perce Indians. What neither one of them anticipated was the missionary board declaring that they can’t go to their respective missions unless they are married. Circumstances dictate them to marry in name only and begin the long journey across the country. The Doctor’s Lady will remind you that God’s ways are better than our own and that even in our mistakes He can work miracles. This historical fiction novel is inspired by the true story of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman. After reading this book, you will want to read about this amazing couple who journeyed into the unknown to go on mission to the Nez Perce.

unknown-2A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell

Julietta, Annamaria, and Luciana are seamstresses for the popular and coveted dressmaker Madame Fortier in Boston in 1918. These three girls although very talented seamstresses are very different. Julietta is carelessly adventurous in chasing after love. Annamaria is quiet and reserved but longs for love and a family of her own, but is stuck taking care of her family as the oldest daughter instead of finding love. Luciana keeps her past and who she is a secret. If people discover who she really is many people will be would be in danger. Love still finds her though even in her secrecy. A Heart Most Worthy weaves together three women’s stories beautifully. This book will keep you thinking with romance, adventure, and danger around every corner.

unknown-1Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist

Tillie Reese has dreamed her entire life of becoming a lady’s maid. As head parlor maid at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, Tillie realizes her dream may come true when the lady of the house Mrs. Edith Vanderbilt’s lady’s maid is planning to return to her home country of France. Mack Danvers, a mountain man who is not inclined to work long at the Biltmore, comes and challenges Tillie’s dreams with his aggressive behavior and strong beliefs. She is left to question everything she ever thought she wanted. Maid to Match is a delightful story of how the servant class was in the late 1800’s. It is full of lovable characters who you can’t help but care for and want to meet. It will leave you to ponder your life and what your dreams really are. By the end of the book you will want to plan a trip to North Carolina to see the Biltmore Mansion where this story takes place. (The Kindle version is currently 99 cents!)

unknown-3Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

Alice Grace Ripley lives the perfect life. She has a job she loves as a librarian. She gets to read all the time. She has a wonderful boyfriend. Life couldn’t be better; until she loses her job due to the Great Depression and her boyfriend breaks up with her. In a day’s time Alice’s world is turned upside down, and she feels like her life is spinning out of control. To get away from her circumstances, she leaves for Kentucky to drop off a donation of books to a small town very different from her own. No cars, no running water, no libraries. Suddenly Alice sees a purpose for herself: join the librarians for this coal-mining town and ride on horseback to homes to deliver books. What Alice discovers is life can give just as much adventure as a book. She discovers excitement, mystery, friendship, and even romance that she never experienced before. Wonderland Creek shows what life in the backwoods of Kentucky was like during the Great Depression. It portrays how some were able to read through the adventures of the traveling librarians.

(Thanks to Bethany House for complimentary copies of these books. All opinions are Carrie’s alone.)

 

Thanks so much, Carrie, for sharing your thoughts!

cfjijvbwiaa_nch-jpg-smallCarrie McNair is wife to Terry and mother to two active boys, Caden and Noah. Carrie is a Model Teacher. That means people from far and wide come to find out about excellence in the classroom by observing her and her students. A committed bookworm, Carrie makes sure her students develop a love of reading.

Book Spotlight — Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist

1 May

692445From the bestselling author of It Happened at the Fair and Fair Play comes a compelling historical novel about a progressive “New Woman”—the girl behind Tiffany’s chapel—and the love that threatens it all.

As preparations for the 1893 World’s Fair set Chicago and the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany—heir to the exclusive Fifth Avenue jewelry empire—seizes the opportunity to unveil his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, the likes of which the world has never seen.

But when Louis’s dream is threatened by a glassworkers’ strike months before the Fair opens, he turns to an unforeseen source for help: the female students at the New York School of Applied Design. Eager for adventure, the young women pick up their skirts, move to boarding houses, take up steel cutters, and assume new identities as the “Tiffany Girls.”

Tiffany Girl is the heartwarming story of the impetuous Flossie Jayne, a beautiful, budding artist handpicked by Louis to help complete the Tiffany chapel. Though excited to be an independent “New Woman” when most of the fair sex stayed home, she quickly finds the world less welcoming than anticipated. From a Casanova male, to an unconventional married couple, and a condescending singing master, she takes on a colorful cast of characters to transform the boarding house into a home while racing to complete the Tiffany chapel and make a name for herself in the art world.

As challenges mount, her ambitions become threatened from an unexpected quarter: her own heart.

Who will claim victory? Her dreams or the captivating boarder next door?

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To order your copy, click HERE.

Arms+Crossed.gifDeeanne Gist has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very original, very fun historicals. Add to this four RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success.

With three-quarters of a million trade books sold, her awards include National Readers’ Choice, Book Buyers’ Best, Golden Quill, Books*A*Million Pick of the Month, Romantic Times Pick of the Month, Award of Excellence, and Laurel Wreath.

She has a very active online community on her blog, on Facebook, Pinterest, and on her YouTube channel.

Gist lives in Texas with her husband of thirty-one years and their border collie. They have four grown children.

(Thanks to Deeanne for a review copy of Tiffany Girl.)

Book Review: It Happened at The Fair

2 May

692371_w185Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the Fair’s Machinery Palace makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading.

The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris Wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground, or will he be carried away?

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404957067Deeanne Gist – known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee – has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captivated readers everywhere with her original historical and contemporary romances. A favorite among readers and reviewers alike, her popular titles include A Bride Most Begrudging, A Bride in the Bargain, and Maid to Match. Her latest book, It Happened at the Fair, is her ninth published novel. A popular speaker, Gist’s presentations have been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and in other publications. The Wall Street Journal‘s accompanying online video was the most watched video on the FrontPageWSJ.com website for several days following their feature. Gist has a background in education and journalism. Her credits include People, Parents, Parenting, Family Fun, Houston Chronicle and Orlando Sentinel. She is also the creator of I Did It!®, a parenting line of products. Gist lives in Houston, Texas with her husband of thirty years. The couple has four grown children.

My Impressions:

If you like an historical novel that pays attention to detail and informs while it entertains or if you like your romance sweet and old-fashioned (yet not short of tension and sparks!), then you need to pick up a copy of Deeanne Gist’s latest novel, It Happened at The Fair. This is a novel you won’t put down until the last delicious page.

Cullen McNamara is a North Carolina farm boy allergic to all things on his father’s farm. He also has a bent for ingenious devices to make work easier. His father, well aware of his son’s talents and physical limitations, sets Cullen on the road to become an exhibitor at the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. Despite all his arguments against going, Cullen arrives to demonstrate his automatic sprinkler system — to prove himself and to pay back his father for all his sacrifices. Adelaide Wentworth, Della to her friends, is a teacher of deaf children set up in one of the halls at the fair. When Cullen experiences increased hearing loss and difficulty understanding potential investors, he seeks Della’s help to learn lip-reading. But as they tour the fair in the evenings his proficiency is not the only thing that grows between them.

Gist has included fascinating glimpses into the spectacle that was the World’s Fair. Each chapter includes pictures of the buildings and sights — unbelievable detail and ingenuity by the builders and inventors featured. Her research is impeccable, and for those who want to know the rest of the story, she provides more historical facts in the Afterword. She also explores the state of deaf education at the end of the 19th century and the controversies surrounding the various techniques. I never knew about the debate between those who advocated lip-reading only and the proponents of sign language.

The romance between Cullen and Della is, of course, the highlight of the book. It is at times sweet and at times amusing. Misunderstandings and missteps occur, but the two are direct in overcoming their problems. And though their relationship is ruled by the propriety of the day, there are enough sparks between them to satisfy those looking for a really good love story.

All in all, I liked It Happened at The Fair and would recommend it to anyone.

Recommended.

(I received It Happened at The Fair in conjunction with Litfuse. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To read what other reviewers have to say, click HERE.

To purchase a copy of the book, click on the image below.

The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair overflowed with the latest innovations welcomed by a throng of people from all around the globe. This setting replete with history, intrigue, and wonder is the backdrop for beloved author Deeanne Gist’s latest release, It Happened at the Fair.

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Deeanne is celebrating with an iPad Giveaway and a Live Author Chat Webcast event {5/22}!

One “fair” winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • A $25 iTunes gift card

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 21st. Winner will be announced at the “It Happened at the Fair” Live Webcast Event on May 22nd. Connect with Deeanne for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Deeanne will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of It Happened at the Fair and join Deeanne and friends on the evening of May 22nd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; RSVP TODAYTELL YOUR FRIENDS VIA FACEBOOK OR TWITTER AND INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 22ND!

Book Review: Love On The Line

19 Oct

It’s a Battle of Wills … and Love Is on the Line!

Rural switchboard operator Georgie Gail is proud of her independence in a man’s world . . . which makes it twice as vexing when the telephone company sends a man to look over her shoulder.

Dashing Luke Palmer is more than he appears though. He’s a Texas Ranger working undercover to infiltrate a notorious gang of train robbers. Repairing telephones and tangling with this tempestuous woman is the last thing he wants to do. But when his stakeout puts Georgie in peril, he realizes more than his job is on the line.

 

Deeanne Gist — known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee–has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very original, very fun historical & contemporary romances. Add to this three RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success.

She has a very active online community on her website at IWantHerBook.com and at Facebook.com/DeesCircle.

 

 

My Impressions:

When I read an historical novel, I want to feel like I am actually living in the era that the story is set.  In Deeanne Gist’s newest novel, Love On The Line, I did!   Gist has written a fun and well-researched historical romance that will have you longing for the days of telephone party lines and strong, handsome lawmen not afraid to stand up for what is right.  Okay, maybe not party lines, but you will definitely enjoy the Texas Ranger Gist has brought to life.

Georgie Gail is a determined and passionate young woman — determined to make it on her own without help from a man and passionate about her hobby of bird watching.  She runs the switchboard in Brenham, Texas efficiently and confidently.  And even in the face of vocal opposition, she is not afraid to take on the cause of bird preservation. Lucious Landrum, aka Luke Palmer, is a bigger than life Texas Ranger who has been thwarted from getting his man too many times.  So he is undercover as a telephone troubleman in the hopes of bringing the Robin Hood-esque train robber, Frank Comer and his gang to justice.  But Frank didn’t count on a slip of a girl to reel in his heart.

Brenham Texas, circa 1903, comes to life in Love On The Line.  This reader felt like she was a part of this bustling town with its gun club, new ice cream parlor and struggle to be in on the trends and fashions of bigger cities.  Gist really pays attention to details in her characterization of Ranger Landrum, the newfangled telephone service and the use of bird parts in ladies fashions!    If you like an historical novel that is authentic and want some romance to go with it, be sure to pick up Love On The Line.  And although Lucious and Georgie’s story ends in this novel, I think there may be a good chance that Gist will revisit some of the other characters I grew to love.

Recommended.

Deeanne Gist is hosting an iPad2 giveaway!  Click HERE for more details.

 

To read what other reviewers have to say about Love On The Line, click HERE.

(I received a copy of Love On The Line from LitFuse in return for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)