A Heart Set Free on Flight 259

Before we get started I need to mention…. a new page has been created with the sole purpose of keeping track of authors showing up in these blog posts. I hope some of you will find the new list helpful and inspiring. Personally, it is useful already. I’m gaining a much clearer overall picture of who and what I’m reading. It’s mindboggling to see how many little-known authors are showing up on the list. I find that pretty exciting. The world of writing has changed so much in the last decade or two. It’s now possible for an impossible number of books to be published. The overall quality of writing is consistently higher too, I’m finding. Amazing, and encouraging.

We all go through different seasons of reading in our lifetime, at least I hope we all do. My current season is discovering new things. New and different story ideas as well as  authors. I’m happy to see publishers embracing the idea of allowing authors to write outside the box of the last best seller (theirs or someone else’s.) I’m glad, because that kind of thinking  helps with a supply that will feed my hunger.


a heart set free   A Heart Set Free – Janet S, Grunst …… Heather Douglas is desperate for a new start after the death of her father, and the betrayal of both her intended and her brother. Left with no resources, fleeing an unjust scandal, she books passage to America as a seven-year indentured servant.

Matthew Stewart is in town to visit his children and stock up on supplies. It is a new and unwelcome idea when his friend Maggie suggests he should look over the indentured servants on the new ship just in. His children could go home with him if he had someone there to look after them.

He has no intention of following through with this suggestion but one of the women draws his attention. She seems different than the rest. Maybe…..

Heather watches him watch her and wonders what he could be discussing with a well dressed gentleman. When Matthew steps up to bid on her she is expecting he has arranged for a servant. He accepts possession of her but doesn’t share he’s made arrangements for a hurried wedding before they leave town. What happened to her right of freedom?

The children have just been told and they are as shocked as Heather. They aren’t ready for any of this either.

Flight 259 The Hope Series – Flight 259 book 1 – Staci Stallings …. Three years and Jenna is still reeling from the loss of her father, husband, and daughter. Claustrophobic living with her mother, she decides on a drastic change. Missing her flight by seconds, she can’t turn back or she will lose the courage to try again. A ticket on the next available flight anywhere, as long as it’s East, is what she has to do.

Single parent, Scott and Lane, his two-year-old, are headed home after a visit with Grandma and Grandpa. Lane is not happy about leaving them. Struggling to cope with an uncooperative child, Scott is not winning any friends among the other passengers. Life begins to look so much better when a  new crop of passengers board for the second leg of the trip. A new seat mate makes him feel like an angel has been sent to help them survive. Jenna seems to have the right touch when it comes to unhappy little boys.

Everything seems to be going so much better and they will soon be home. A welcome relief…… until they encounter an unexpected, horrific storm. There’s a terrifying explosive cracking sound and the plane begins to go down.

Midnight is my time  Midnight is My Time – Mike Dellosso …. Andy Mayer is struggling to survive. Just like everyone else after The Event, the one that saw many people mysteriously disappear. War has broken out between animals and the remaining humans. The animals seem to be winning.

Missy, sees with all of her senses, just not with her blind eyes. She sees Andy sleeping in a drainage pipe. She would leave him there but she can tell he has a story and somehow it is supposed to connect with her story, so she wakes him.

They both have a story, a past, and special gifts they haven’t learned how to use. There is an old man who keeps showing up, and somehow, he seems to be helping them get to where they need to be. The old man is not the only one though. Opposition appears in unexpected places, taking them unaware. Someone wants to stop them but why is still a mystery.

The Bargain   The Bargain – Aaron D Gansky ….. Connor Reedly is devastated, his beloved wife is dying of cancer, and he doesn’t want to miss a minute of the time she has left. They’ve made the long trip to visit Nadine’s sister because  there is an urgency about her dying wish. He thinks they would be better staying home but he can’t deny her anything.

They arrived just hours ago and Aida has someone she wants Conner to visit now?

Mason is looking for an award winning journalist to write ten articles. The dying town of Hailey needs to be saved from destruction by a tornado. If he writes articles proving there are ten good citizens the town will be spared and Nadine will live. He has ten days to write ten articles and he will be paid twenty five thousand dollars for each one.

Of course, Conner thinks this guy is a crazy and wants nothing to do with him. He is tempted though. Between rising medical debt and pressure from the two women in his life, he is at least  considering it. An emergency trip to the hospital makes him consider a little faster.

The interviews he must conduct for these articles are not turning out as expected. Some of these people seem to have more bad than good in their lives. It’s a challenge to write an article proving there is anything good in this town, he has to look pretty hard to see it.

The whole thing is overwhelming and time consuming. The aspect he resents most is having to leave his dying wife. It all feels like a complete waste of time but whenever he gets discouraged and tries to stop Nadine gets sicker. Her best days are when he is writing.

He can’t quit and nothing about this is easy, in fact it’s downright life threatening. Not only by tornados. Someone is trying to kill him, and the people helping him.

There are some rather different books this time, each one going in unexpected but welcomed directions.


A Forgotten Truth and a Twist of Faith

A mixture of Romance and Mystery today.

Every week I find myself watching, with great anticipation, for an emailed windfall of new books. Usually there are five or more books to download and I’m beyond happy. Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. LPCbooks.com is where they come from. LPC is aggressively looking for readers and they make it very easy to sign up and start receiving emails. Some of the offerings in this list are LPC books.

That First Montana Year  That First Montana Year – Donna L Scofield ….. Beatrice Anne and Will had been best friends all through school. They had talked of marrying one day…. until beautiful, flirtatious Victoria came to town and Will was hooked. His mother had grand plans for her son and encouraged the romance, hoping Will would go to university, read law, and marry into a wealthy family.

One night accidently stranded together in a snowstorm changed everything for Will and B’Anne. Two months later she realized the consequences of that night and decided to quietly leave town. She’d go to her aunt for help. That idea fell apart before she managed to leave, her brother figured out the truth of the situation and cornered Will.

Forced to marry, their parents outfitted them with everything needed to begin a new life. They were to accept an invitation offered several years back by an unknown uncle in Montana.

There was a long journey ahead of them and the future looked bleak. How could life  possibly turn out well if you are married to someone you don’t even like anymore?

A Twist of Faith   Mitchell’s Crossroads – A Twist of Faith book 1- Pepper Basham …… Dee is caught in a bad place. She has earned her doctorate and landed a research position in a small university near the Blue Mountain area where she was raised. Alex, her immediate supervisor, visits her office on the pretext of checking in with her. Before he leaves the real reason comes out, he wants her research notes on accent modification for his presentation as keynote speaker.

Four years she worked as one of his research assistants and now he’s planning to present her results at an upcoming conference. He is planning to take  credit for her work. How can he do this to her?

When she objects he tells her she is not ready to make such a prestigious speech and to prove it he gives her a project. In the  few weeks left before the scheduled conference she has to work with the college maintenance man to rid him of his strong Appalachian accent. If she is successful  Alex will step aside and allow  Dee to present her own research findings.

Alex is a snob and hasn’t read the situation correctly. Dee isn’t a snob but she hasn’t made the correct assessment  either. This uneducated Appalachian man, delivering keys to her office, isn’t who either of them think he is.

Discovering Home   Serenity Landing Second Chances – Discovering Home book 1 – Carol Moncado ….. A lost and bedraggled puppy on the edge of his country estate is about to change Jonathan’s life in unexpected ways. It all happens after a trip to the vet, followed by a stop at the grocery store for puppy supplies. A chance meeting with a precocious little girl is only the beginning.

Kenzie is mortified when four year old Lorelai confronts a man for having a puppy in the grocery store. Her embarrassment deepens when her daughter recognizes him from the wedding several weeks ago and remembers he danced with her. Kenzie is desperate to get out of there but her daughter isn’t having it. She’s enamored with this man and his dog and is excited he will send her some puppy pictures, if her mother will email him so he can.

She has no intention of emailing him but her daughter, helped along by life’s circumstances, has a way of derailing her plans. It seems they had trouble staying on the road and they have no one they can call for help.

Of course they do. They have his business card and Lorelai is convinced they need to call the nice man. He did say to let him know if there’s anything he could do for them.

a forgotten truth  The Agency Files – A Forgotten Truth book 4 – Chautona Havig ….  This is a mystery thriller. I appreciated it but ….. the reading experience was a little murky in places. As always, Chautona comes up with interesting and engaging stories and this one was interesting and still worth reading.

Dead of Winter  A Jeremy Winter Thriller – Dead of Winter book 2 – Tom Threadgill ….  For reasons Jeremy Winter does not understand, he’s been transferred to an FBI desk job in the middle of nowhere, working cold cases. It’s a lonely adjustment and he’s missing his girlfriend, who also happens to be his current boss. Occasionally he gets called in to help on a case, one of her cases.

His legendary track record for catching serial killers makes him a valuable asset and he’s more than happy  to be called in as consultant on active cases. This time the tip off is severed fingers showing up in Justice Department mailrooms. They’ve received a finger for every victim found up to this point but that’s the only similarity they’ve found. The wide variety of victims is out of character for most serial killers and makes it harder to identify the type of person they should be looking at.

Aside from all that, someone is trying to manipulate Jeremy and get him kicked off the case. The question is who, and why?

Betwixt two heartsCrossroads Collection Betwixt Two Hearts ….. ….. Betwixt Two Hearts – Amanda Tru, The Swedehearts Glory Quilt – Cathe Swanson, Whole Latte Love – Kari Trumbo, Seoul Refuge – AlanaTerry, Guardian of Her Heart – Carol Moncado, Random Acts of Shyness – Chautona Havig

The box set generated by this group of ladies is always a good read.

Happy Reading All