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Top 10 Tuesday — Fall TBR

18 Sep

Fall may be around the corner, but here in middle Georgia the forecast is definitely all-Summer! ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†With temps in the mid-90s it’s hard to get into the whole changing leaves/pumpkin spice/snuggly sweater frame of mind. But I can always dream and read! That’s where my Fall TBR comes into play. Check out That Artsy Reader Girl for more bloggers’ Fall reading lists.

 

Top 10 Fall TBR List

 

Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills

Cost of Betrayal by Dee Henderson/Lynette Eason/Dani Pettrey

Delayed Justice by Cara Putman

Freedom’s Kiss by Sarah Monzon

 Lady of A Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd

Miles from Where We Started by Cynthia Ruchti

A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris

Surrounded by Darkness by Rachel Dylan

A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep

When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham

Book Review: The Anniversary Waltz

10 Jun

Celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary, Adam and Elizabeth Carlson share their customary waltz—then recall how their love began. Travel back with them to 1946, when war veteran Adam returned home to Reunion, Montana. You’ll be captivated by the story of how he revived his dilapidated family farm—and wooed Elizabeth away from his high school rival!

From Darrel Nelson‘s website:

I am a schoolteacher by profession and have taught school for (thir‚ÄĒahem!) years. I grew up in Raymond, Alberta, and attended the University of Lethbridge after graduating from high school and serving a two-year mission to Japan. During university, I met and married Marsha Smith, and we are the parents of four children, which has grown to include their spouses and our ten grandchildren.

I have always loved to write. I started writing stories before I was old enough to realize I was writing stories. It seemed a natural thing to pick up a pencil and paper and create a world simply by using words‚ÄĒworlds of adventure in steaming jungles (Tarzan was an early influence on me) or realms of adventure in outer space (Buck Rogers). But as I have grown older, I have discovered that the real inspiration for me is exploring the theme of love and how it can make such a difference in the world.

I’ve had an article published in Lethbridge Magazine and have written several dramatic plays, two of which won provincial recognition and were showcased at a drama festival. I won the CJOC radio songwriting contest two years running, and have had one of my songs receive international airplay. I have written four novels intended for the juvenile market. They are unpublished as yet, but I read them annually to my fourth grade students and my students tell me they love them, the darlings.

THE ANNIVERSARY WALTZ is my first novel to be published and arrived in selected bookstores in May, 2012. It is intended for the adult readers’ market. My second novel, The Return of Cassandra Todd, is also intended for the adult readers’ market and will be available in 2013. I am currently at work on my third novel, A Wedding at Angelo’s, which like the other two is a stand-alone novel, not a sequel. I hope to write a sequel to each published novel sometime in the future.

My Impressions:

Darrel Nelson’s,¬†The Anniversary Waltz, is his debut novel. ¬†But you sure can’t tell. ¬†It is a beautifully written love story that has the reader living within its pages. ¬†The small town of Reunion, Montana comes to life — its small town charm, struggling farms and post WWII optimism. ¬†The characters of Adam and Elizabeth left me feeling like I knew them. ¬†This is one really good book.

On the evening of their 63rd anniversary, Adam and Elizabeth share with their family the events of their courtship as they have many times before. Adam had just returned to his small hometown following 4 years fighting in Italy unsure of the homecoming he may face. ¬† His father remained distant and disapproving even after his 4 year absence. ¬†But his mother, other family members and the town welcomed him as a hero. ¬†Elizabeth Baxter is one of the townspeople who especially made him feel he was finally in the right place, yet she was the steady of Adam’s childhood rival. ¬†Despite the hardships of farm life, the difficulties of other relationships and tragedies, Adam and Elizabeth’s love grew and flourished.

There are no chase scenes, mysterious happenings or supernatural visitations in The Anniversary Waltz, but I could not put down this lovely story of faithful love. ¬†All the characters are believable; the circumstances true to life — I felt as if I was in the middle of the story myself. ¬†Also if you like romance, you will love this book! ¬† The emotions expressed are deep and real.¬†(Some may compare it to Nicholas Sparks. ¬†In fact I would love for this book to be made into a movie!)

So get a copy of The Anniversary Waltz and keep the tissues handy, because this one has a very happy ending.

Highly Recommended.

(I received The Anniversary Waltz from Glass Roads PR.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Book Review: Attracted To Fire

16 Dec

Special Agent Meghan Connors’ dream of one day protecting the president of the United States is about to come true. Only one assignment stands in her way. After the vice president’s rebellious daughter is threatened, Meghan is assigned to her protective detail on a secluded ranch in West Texas. Unfortunately, working with Special Agent in Charge Ash Zinders may be as tough as controlling her charge. Ash has a reputation for being critical and exacting, and he’s also after the same promotion as Meghan. But when the threats escalate and security on the ranch is breached, it becomes clear this isn’t the work of a single suspect-it’s part of a sophisticated plan that reaches deeper and higher than anyone imagined. And only Ash and Meghan can put the pieces together before it’s too late.

 

Excerpt

 

 

Award-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. DiAnn’s first book was published in 1998. She currently has more than fifty books in print, which have sold more than a million and a half copies.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Awards from 2003 to 2008. DiAnn was also a Carol Award finalist in 2010 & 2011. She received the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award in 2005, 2007, and 2010, and was a Christy Award finalist in 2008 and a RITA Award finalist in 2010. In 2010, DiAnn won the Christy Award for Breach of Trust and in 2011 she won the Christy Award for Sworn to Protect, the first and second books in her Call of Duty series.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive; Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope and Love chapter; and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also the Craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.

She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

 

My Impressions:

Attracted to Fire is a romantic suspense novel that is heavy on the romance. The suspense came a little slow for me, but towards the end, the pages couldn’t turn fast enough. ¬†Meghan Connors and Ash Zinders are two of the agents on the detail to protect the new President’s rebellious and drug addicted daughter, Lindsey. ¬†Ash doesn’t think women have any business being in the Secret Service and Meghan is out to prove him wrong. ¬†Soon the sparks are flying between the two and things are heating up in the pursuit of the attackers determined to put an end to Lindsey’s life.

I had a hard time connecting with the two main characters in Attracted to Fire.¬† I didn’t really like them very much and really didn’t see the chemistry between them. ¬†I did, however, enjoy the plot to undermine the President and to kill his daughter. ¬†There were some surprises in the plot and it took a while to detect who the villains were. ¬†Attracted to Fire should appeal to those readers looking for a romance spiced with suspense and intrigue.

 

(I received this book from the publisher, Tyndale House, in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)