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First Line Friday - Support Australia - Carolyn Miller

Thursday, January 16, 2020


Happy Friday!

Today as a group, we are featuring Australia based books and Aussie Authors. Our hearts break everyone who is experiencing such tragedy in Australia with the bushfires. Prayers and support to Australia! Today I am featuring Australian author, Carolyn Miller.

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey
Carolyn Miller


Brighton Cliffs, England
April 1815
The Honorable Clara DeLancey stood atop the chalky cliffs.



Head over to Hoarding Books to link up with your own FLF post! (Please keep it family 
friendly...Or note otherwise in the link up)

GIVEAWAY! Exit Stage Right - Jennifer Wilcock

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Exit Stage Right JustRead Blog Tour 
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for the Exit Stage Right by Jennifer Wilcock, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Exit Stage Right by Jennifer Wilcock Title: Exit Stage Right
Author: Jennifer Wilcock
Publisher: Word Alive Press
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: November 30, 2019


She wants to dance, and she’s willing to sacrifice everything, everyone, to get it. 


Coco Bradley is a talented ballet dancer, and when an opportunity arises for her to audition for the prestigious Spencer School of the Performing Arts, she’s not about to let anyone stop her— including her parents, her friends, and any of the prima donnas of the art school. A pastor’s kid, Coco has grown up serving God and people, but gaining entry to Spencer means leaving behind all the expectations that come with growing up in the pastorate, as well as the dead-end town of Wyattsville. 

Coco lives by the creed “Ballet First,” but she’s about to find out in a painful way that there’s more to life than dancing.

Opportunities, fame, and love all come calling as Coco chases her dream. But in going after what she wants, will she lose the things that matter most?

EXCERPT

This isn’t happening. But the long, cold fingers of panic squeezing Coco Bradley’s throat told a different story. 

The backstage door to the theater slammed shut as the gurney she was riding on was wheeled out into the crisp night air. Swirling red lights flashed in her face, confirming her worst fears. She took a deep breath to steady herself, but the smell of a hundred different restaurants and street vendors, as well as exhaust fumes, only made her feel more nauseated. She usually loved the smells of the big city. Tonight, though, she had to swallow hard to keep the contents of her stomach down, as well as the fear and panic that threatened to overwhelm her.

Excerpt from Exit Stage Right by Jennifer Willcock
Copyright 2019, Word Alive Press

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | BookDepository | Christianbook

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Wilcox
Jennifer Willcock grew up telling herself stories in the middle of the night to keep away the monsters that lurked in the dark. Once she realized there weren’t any real monsters, she kept telling stories. A voracious reader, Jennifer reads many different genres, but she never outgrew young adult fiction. A degree in English Literature enabled her to keep her love affair with reading and writing alive. A blogger, speaker, and writer, she belongs to the MOPS Network of Speakers and the Word Guild of Canada. 

Jennifer studied ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance during her teen years and into adulthood. She has taught in private and community settings and choreographed productions for her church over the years. In 2017, Jennifer decided she was brave enough to try and write fiction and joined NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November. She “won” it, writing 50,000 words in thirty days. The result is Exit Stage Right, a dream she thought was impossible to achieve. In 2019, the novel made the shortlist of the Word Alive Press fiction writing contest.

Besides being a mom to two sons, she is married to Mark, a pastor. She works part-time in the local library, where she’s inspired every day to write a book that will one day be on the shelves. The family’s pet dwarf rabbit, Whiskers, is her muse as he sits at her feet while she writes. She’d love for you to connect with her online.

CONNECT WITH JENNIFER: Website | Facebook Twitter | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a copy of Exit Stage Right and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Exit Stage Right JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 16, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on January 23, 2020. US/CAN only. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!
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Dangerous Alliance - Jennieke Cohen

Tuesday, January 14, 2020


My Rating

★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book

Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: an older sister happily wed, the future of her family estate secure, and ample opportunity to while her time away in the fields around her home.

But now Vicky must marry—or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s treacherous season.

Sadly, Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s exact circumstances: whether the roguish Mr. Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend, Tom Sherborne, is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr. Silby, he of the unfortunate fashion sensibility.

Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her…ones that could prevent her from surviving until her wedding day. (From the publishers)

My Thoughts

I first heard about Dangerous Alliance from Carrie over at Reading is my SuperPower...She told me that I simply must read it...And of course, she was right! I was pleased to receive a copy in The Bookish Box's Ardently Austen December box! Participating with their Instagram Read-a-Long and Photo Challenge has been absolutely thrilling! You can see all my photos on my Instagram HERE, but I included a couple of my favorite in this post.
The items included in December's box! #ArdentlyAusten

If you are a fan of Austen, you simply must read this book! Lady Victoria would make Austen's heroines proud. Gleaning from their wit and wisdom, she applies (or....tries to apply) the lessons she has learned from reading Austen's novels. But real-life isn't as easily packaged up as stories on the page. And as Vicky, and Tom, learn that even though life can bring us terrible, terrible circumstances, we have the ability to write our own story and make our own fate. 

Dastardly villains, a compassionate hero, a healing sister, a PLOT TWIST (that I totally did NOT see coming), and a dangerous alliance...Ms. Cohen brings us the very best of Regency mixed with the humor and the fandom of Austen. I cannot stress enough the brilliance of this well thought out style of story. Fresh and invigorating...and makes me want to read Austen all day and watch Regency shows on Masterpiece!

*This is a General Market read. While clean by my standards, there are a couple of swear words.


I received a copy of Dangerous Alliance from The Bookish Box, a subscription box that I paid for. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


About the Author

Jennieke Cohen writes historical fiction for young adults inspired by real people and events because life is often stranger than fiction. She studied English history at Cambridge University and has a master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California. Jennieke loves exploring new locales but always returns home to Northern California where the summers are hot, the winters are mild, and life is casual.

Happy 2020! And an Announcement!

Thursday, January 2, 2020


How can we be celebrating another NEW year already? How fast 2019 went! So many memories made...books read...and blog posts never written. 😏

I recently joined the JustRead Publicity Tours team along with Beth of Faithfully Bookish. And as of January 2, 2020, we have been made official partners. We could not be more thrilled than to be able to work alongside co-owners and our Book Sisters, Carrie and Annie. You can read the official announcement HERE and sign up to be a host while you are there 😉
(Graphic created by Carrie and her Knightley)

2019 was a year of many transitions and adjusting to several "new normal"s for my family. From my husband joining the Fire Department, to my youngest son (Ezra) starting Kindergarten...We have all felt the full effect of change.

I have decided to lift the pressure that I have placed on myself and have resolved to post LESS this year. I WILL still be posting my reviews here! But I'll be cutting out the "extra posts". However...I WILL still be posting on my group blog Hoarding Books and make sure you check out my Instagram as I am actively growing my profile there. You will also be seeing more posts for JustRead Tours in the near future. 😀

I am so blessed and grateful to the bookish community! The authors, fellow readers, and FRIENDS that I have gotten to know have meant the world to me and I am here today because of RELATIONSHIP! I can't wait to see what this year holds.

Happy New Year!
💜 Rachel

Echoes Among the Stones - Jaime Jo Wright

Sunday, December 29, 2019


My Rating

★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book

After Aggie Dunkirk's career is unceremoniously ended by her own mistakes, she finds herself traveling to Wisconsin, where her grandmother, Mumsie, lives alone in her vintage, though very outdated, home. Aggie didn't plan for how eccentric Mumsie has become, obsessing over an old, unsolved crime scene--even going so far as to re-create it in a dollhouse.

Mystery seems to follow Aggie when she finds work as a secretary helping to restore the flooded historical part of the town's cemetery. Forced to work with a puzzling yet attractive archaeologist, she exhumes the past's secrets and unwittingly uncovers a crime that some will go to any length to keep hidden--even if that means silencing Aggie.

In 1946, Imogene Grayson works in a beauty salon but has her sights set on Hollywood. But coming home to discover her younger sister's body in the attic changes everything. Unfamiliar with the burgeoning world of forensic science and, as a woman, not particularly welcomed into the investigation, Imogene is nonetheless determined to stay involved. As her sister's case grows cold, Imogene vows to find justice . . . no matter the cost. (from author website)


My Thoughts

I am completely overwhelmed with emotion after finishing Echoes Among the Stones. Jaime Jo Wright has totally and completely wrecked me! Each of her books just becomes more poignant and goes far deeper...I cried...I laughed...I was scared stiff and jumped at my dog making sounds because I was in the middle of a tense part and I forgot everything else around me...Oh yes! This book had me captivated.

*~*~TRIGGER WARNING~*~*
Even though this was BY.FAR. my favorite book Ms. Wright has written(and that's saying a lot because they are ALL amazing!!!)...It was also the hardest to read. I am glad I chose to listen to it because I could skim through the hard parts a little easier. I won't beat around the bush, Aggie's mom dies of breast cancer. While my mom is alive and well after her diagnosis several years ago, it was a long hard battle. Add that with the medical PTSD I already experience because of my son's health issues (he is healthy and well NOW), all the anxiety and emotions came to the surface. I don't want anyone to jump into this book without a head's up.

That said, the women in this book travel a path of grief and unanswered questions. Digging for answers, the truth is uncovered and it looks so completely different than anyone expected! Through this story, we see several different ways that people cope with grief. In Aggie's case, she bottled all her feelings inside. Mumsie re-created the crime scene in the dollhouse. Imogene inserted herself into the investigation and would not relent. Walking the path alone though can be so difficult, and I believe that it is so important to not only open your heart to let God help you walk the path, but to let people support you too. Your church family, your family, a close friend...We can't make it through this life alone.

The "creepy factor" for this story is pretty high by my standards (I don't do creepy as a general rule...so....). But I think The Curse of Misty Wayfair was more so.

If you enjoy a good mystery, aren't deterred by a little blood, and love historical fiction...THIS is your next read! You won't be sorry!

I received a complimentary copy of Echoes Among the Stones from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.



About the Author

Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher's Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited romantic suspense stained with the shadows of history. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy Tinkerbell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com


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