Bargain Books November 30, 2019

Suggestions from another author this morning. Jennifer Youngblood has several interesting bargain collections for us.

The Christmas Bliss Collection (three books) is a bargain at 1.29 CDN The cover gives a light hearted fluff appearance but the synopsis holds a little more weight so I’ve downloaded this one to check it out.

The Christmas Bliss collection

Jennifer’s, The Cozy Fire Collection has five books, with 1075 total pages, a good deal at $1.32 CDN. The synopsis for these looks interesting too, so that’s another one added to my TBR list. I’m not looking for any more today, eight books between two collections will keep me busy for a while. It is tempting, though.

The Cozy Fire Collection

I’m currently reading Jane By The Book and it is living up to my expectations. It’s still FREE if you haven’t downloaded a copy.

Jane by The Book

Jane has arrived in England. Her friends new old Inn is beautiful and she’s excited about the business possibilities. She’s met Titus, the hyperactive mystery writer. He’s noticed she has her own mystery to solve for an illusive ancestor named Jane. He’s poking his nose into her business and she’s not sure she likes it, or him, very much.  Must see where this goes.

Happy Saturday and Happy Reading.



Free & bargain books November 29, 2019

A FREE book mentioned by one of my regular author contacts is written by popular author, Pepper Basham. Chautona Havig and Pepper often contribute to the same collections and I always like what they come up with. I know I will enjoy this new story too.

Jane By The Book

Healing from the shame of a wedding day that didn’t end in a marriage, Jane relocated and spent the last four years working in the grand old B & B of a friend.

The job has grown with her and she’s become expert at successfully managing the housekeeping end of a thriving hotel business. This skill, while confidence building, has created a problem for her. Her boss/friend (Nora) has roped Jane into helping her fiancé (Ethan) train staff for his newly acquired hotel in England. He is paying all of her expenses and it’s been years since she’s done any travelling, maybe it’s time to step out and explore new places. With that decided, she’s feeling quietly excited.

It doesn’t take long for Titus to enter the scene and turn her orderly life upside down. Unexpectedly, he finds dramatic changes in his life as well. The fiction stories ever consuming his attention suddenly aren’t quite as alluring as real life.

This sounds like a fun read.

Jane by The Book

BookRunes FREE suggestion today is Orphaned Hearts (A Heart of Africa Romance) Conservationist, Simon Hartley is left with a daughter to raise when his wife dies in childbirth. In his grief, his daughter and orphan elephants become his whole life.

Lady Abigail Chadwick wants to escape English society and postpone an arranged marriage. A year spent teaching in Africa’s Good Shepherd Orphanage will make this happen for her.

He is not thrilled about having to rescue a traveller stranded at the airport but he does it.

Orphaned Hearts

Happy day. A pre-order book arrived on my Kindle this morning. Christmas on Breakers Point is now available for download and it’s still a bargain at $1.32 CDN

Christmas on Breakers Point

I’m currently reading book 2 of the Amish collection Love’s Thankful Heart. Unfortunately it’s not free anymore but I noticed another collection from the same authors and it’s free.

Love's Thankful Heart

Plain Everyday Heroes is FREE today and based on the enjoyable reading experience of Love’s Thankful Heart, this is now on my TBR list.

Plain Everyday Heroes

Happy Reading on this wintery day. Although, some parts of the world are moving toward summer. Enjoy the reading and the warmth if summer is in your life.






Free and bargain books November 28, 2019

Two very different but interesting read suggestions from BookBub this morning.

The first one is a bargain at $0.99 and is a three book Romance collection.

The Soldiers of the Purple Heart Ranch

The mission of Purple Heart Ranch is rehabilitation for soldiers suffering PTSD. The love stories envisioned by author Shanae Johnson have added depth to them with brokenness in the lives of all the characters, not just the soldiers. Her disclaimer at the beginning of book 1 acknowledges that it takes more than love to bring healing to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder but she feels love goes a long way toward making it happen. I think she’s right. Love does have special healing qualities. Especially when paired with other therapies.

I’m a fan of love stories with depth. This should be good.

The soldiers of the purple heart ranch

The second BookBub suggestion is FREE

The Unveiling

A historical novel with knights and wars and kingdoms needing heirs. The story of a sister out for revenge in the unjust death of her brother. Four years she spends learning to be a warrior then disguises herself as a squire (a guy) to gain access to his murderer.

Once she has him in her presence, doubts arise. Does she truly have all the facts straight?

The Unveiling

Last but not least:

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion this morning.

Love’s Thankful Heart is a three book collection of Amish love stories. With three different authors I don’t recall reading before. The recurring underlying theme in each romance seems to be finding a way to help the less fortunate.

Most often, the Amish live in community, with their own language, culture, and rules of conduct. Farming is the preferred way of life, using the methods of bygone days. Horse and buggy, with a shunning of modern conveniences. Their language is similar to German and some of their common words are sprinkled liberally throughout the story. At least that’s how it is in this first one anyway.

All things Amish have become very popular in the last decade or two and many books have been written from their point of view. This collection looks to be a soft introduction into their world, if you are new to reading their stories.

Love's Thankful Heart

Another day of Happy Reading


Free LPC books November 27, 2019

Possibly the last FREE LPC (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) ebook blast of the year. It’s hard to believe this year of 2019 is coming to a close already. It feels like it’s barely started. I still find myself about to write 2018 every now and again. To think that a decade is coming to a close as well, is even harder to imagine.

If this is LPCs last big push of the year we will have to savor these books and make them last into the new year. Mind you, we have other sources so we won’t panic, but we can be a little sad.

The Highlanders  The Highlanders: A Smitten Historical Romance Collection written by four authors. I’ve read and enjoyed one of the authors –  J’Nell Ciesielski. I’m looking forward to this collection if her previous work is any indication of what’s in store for us. I’m sure it is gong to be good.

Night Fox a love story set in Ireland 1715

A Tender Siege set in the USA 1763

The Year Without Summer set in Scotland 1816

The Violinist set in Idaho, USA 1915

Practically Married  Practically Married is a book I’ve read and enjoyed. I think it was offered as pre-release, you had to sign up for the authors email list to get it.

The story starts with an online relationship.

Tom and Ashley decided to meet in person (they had only talked by video) and marry soon. Ashley sold her house, quit her job, and packed up for the move to his state. Only, he didn’t arrive at the airport to pick her up as planned. Finally improvising, she made her way to his house in time to find he had died in an accident and the existence of a girlfriend was news to his family.

She may have been a surprise but the shocker was to find he had inadvertently willed her the farmhouse he shared with his cousin and farming partner.

With all these new revelations it seems she didn’t know him as well as she thought she did. Now she’s legally tied to his large family and no one is happy about it. She is a fixer, maybe she think of a way to make the situation work out well for everyone.

Murder in the Family  Murder in the Family is another book I’ve read and enjoyed. Probably through another pre-release offer.

Molly is a professional storm chaser and hasn’t been home to visit her dysfunctional family in years. She wouldn’t be here now except her beloved aunt died and named Molly sole beneficiary of her estate. Her death is a shock but the reading of her will is a much bigger shock.

The level of family greed is legendary. She wants no part in any of it. Except, she’s backed into a corner with the terms of the will. There is another choice that would let her walk away but it’s not one she’s willing to accept.

To make matters worse her aunt was a hoarder and the house is a dumping place for everyone’s things. The stuffed full interior smells like something died, the last roommate has disappeared, and – the family is convinced there’s buried treasure in the house and it’s their right to come in and take it.

Molly isn’t afraid to chase tornados but she doesn’t feel like she has the courage to stand up to the abusive members of her family. Her aunt seems to think she is the only one in the family who does have the courage.

Among the Poppies  Among The Poppies was a book on our FREE list a couple of days ago. It’s worth considering again though.

Below is part of what I said about this book on the 25th. This story is a good read.

Gwyn has learned, and learned to love, auto mechanics living life close to the side of her chauffeur father. She’s also learned the art of being a lady at the hands of her benefactress and father’s employer. Social norms of the day are restrictive, a woman driving and fixing automobiles was just not done. Gwyn doesn’t care about any of that. There is a desperate need for ambulance drivers with mechanics to keep them on the road. Gwyn has the skills to do both and she plans to answer the call.

Among the Poppies is written by one of the authors involved with the first book collection today.

Sand Creek Serenade  Sand Creek Serenade sounds like a book I’ve read but I’m not seeing it in my list. In any event, I enjoyed the book I did read and I have plans to read and enjoy this one too.

Part of the synopsis on Amazon:

One woman with a deep desire to serve and help. One brave who will stop at nothing to save his people. Each willing to die for their beliefs and love for one another. Will their sacrifice be enough?

As a female medical doctor in 1864, Sadie Hoppner is no stranger to tragedy and loss. While she grapples with the difficulties of practicing medicine at a Colorado outpost, she learns that finding acceptance and respect proves especially difficult at Fort Lyon.

Cheyenne brave Five Kills wants peace between his people and the American Army.

Answering the Call Answering the Call is a devotional written…

Based on the author’s experiences as a paramedic, these inspirational devotionals tap into the concerns and issues that trouble men and women serving as first responders. First responders answer the call. (quote from Amazon)

This topic is dear to my heart as I’ve never forgotten my five years spent several decades ago as first responder in a small town. The experience provided a little taste of what it would be like as a full time career first responder in a larger area. Not an easy life. There are many life changing things you can’t unsee, yet your heart of compassion wants to be there for others in times of crisis.

It’s true, career first responders are unsung heroes. I expect this book will give us a little glimpse into the lives they lead. I know the glimpse will lead to appreciation, especially if we ever have need of their services. Remembering a little of how it is for them will deepen our appreciation.

While I took a break from this post to let it settle a bit before publishing, I was thinking back over my experiences on ambulance. I did face fatalities of different kinds, from time to time, but I was spared the difficult scenes of massive injury. I covered many shifts due to my availability as a stay-at-home mom and the only call with car crash trauma that should have been mine was covered by a crew mate who needed to trade shifts with me for that day. I was sorry about the accident but grateful to have been spared the call.

A decade or so earlier while listening to a nurse friend (in another small town many miles further west) talk about riding ambulance, this feeling of horror came over me at the thought of having to do such a job. It’s funny how it goes sometimes. Who knew that one day I would agree to the same job because the town needed me.

I’m grateful to have been spared horrendous scenes that would live forever in my memory. At the same time though I have many rewarding memories of being there when patients with health issues needed help. If I had it to do over again, knowing what I know, I would say yes in a heart beat.

I think my deepest appreciation for first responders comes more from what I know I didn’t experience rather than from what I did. I’m looking forward to reading Answering the Call, to see life from someone else’s perspective.

So, getting back to the subject of books. Enjoy the latest interesting and FREE offerings from LPC Books and we look forward to seeing more from them in the new year.

Happy Reading





Bargain books November 26, 2019

BookBub started it all this morning with several bargain books.

The first bargain ($0.99) is from a new favorite author Alana Terry. Forget Me Now is the gripping suspense story of a young woman who’s lost a portion her memory through brain injury trauma. She’s has no idea what’s happened to her and no ability to retain new memories when she does figure things out. Everyone close to her is dead and it’s clear she’s next.  There are some tense moments in store for her and for us.

Forget me now

The second bargain book ($1.99)  is a change of pace. In The Field of Grace is a retelling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. This tale is popular with authors and there have been many versions written through the years. This one seems to be from a different point of view, which is new. It’s usually told from Ruth’s perspective with Boaz taking a minor role. This time, the story starts out from his point of view, immediately catching my interest.

I don’t know this author but I’m looking forward to the experience.

In the Field of Grace

And finally, an Amazon suggested bargain book ($1.99) is a beloved collection from iconic Canadian author Janette Oke. We’ve been reading and watching movies of her pioneer stories for decades. This Canadian West Collection contains six of her most popular books.

Canadian West Collection

1 When Calls the Heart
2 When Comes the Spring
3 When Breaks the Dawn
4 When Hope Springs New
5 Beyond the Gathering Storm
6 When Tomorrow Comes

My video stash still has the movie box collection for three of these popular books. It’s nice to bring them out again every now and then.

Happy Reading.

Today is Grey Cup parade through the city of Winnipeg.  People are out in droves to honour the win of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team and the energy level is high. I’m loving the internet live stream for those of us not able to be there in person. I think I will wait awhile to read. It’s been twenty nine years since their last championship win so this could be the parade of a lifetime, definitely not is to be missed.

CJOB live is the place to find it if you follow Canadian football.


Free books November 25, 2019

BookRunes FREE book suggestion today,  Among the Poppies is the powerful story of courage and determination in the face of danger and critical public opinion.

Gwyn has learned, and learned to love, auto mechanics living life close to the side of her chauffeur father. She’s also learned the art of being a lady at the hands of her benefactress and father’s employer. Social norms of the day are restrictive, a woman driving and fixing automobiles was just not done. Gwyn doesn’t care about any of that. There is a desperate need for ambulance drivers with mechanics to keep them on the road. Gwyn has the skills to do both and she plans to answer the call.

What she doesn’t plan on is to attract the romantic interest of a handsome officer who can’t help but worry about her safety. He can worry but she will go where she’s ordered. Even to the front lines in the midst of battle. The wounded need her.

I think her courage is inspiring to all of us, not just to women.

Her loving officer was a good man, supporting her in the face of danger.

This book was free in the spring and the reading was memorable.

Among the Poppies

BookBub offers a FREE suggestion today too. The Healing Journey, book 12 in The Mountain Series

This Healing Journey

This historical novel is set in the pioneer days of the Canadian Rockies. A young woman sets out on a search for the son her father was forced to give up many years earlier. Her path crosses with that of a young pioneer man. An injured child has appeared on his homestead and he needs her help caring for the little girl.

I’ve not read this story but I have downloaded five other books in this series by Misty M. Beller. For sure I’ve read two of them. I’m looking forward to checking this one out after reading the first few pages.

Happy Reading

We are so excited, here in Manitoba, Canada. Our football team The Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the Canadian Football League Grey Cup last night after  a very long losing streak. It has been twenty nine years since the last Winnipeg Grey Cup win in the championship battle between the East and the West.

We were the underdog in this match with the Hamilton Tiger Cats, a team from Ontario Canada, and the media was predicting a Hamilton win. (The Bombers hadn’t won against them so far this year.)

This game was different. The Bombers were hungry for a win and, to-a-man, they were willing to do whatever it took. One of their best guys was playing injured and not about to be stopped. It worked. They won 33 to 13.

Winnipeg is a staunch, and very vocal, Bomber town. It would be an understatement to say we are over the moon with this win. Everyone is talking about it. There will be a victory parade through town tomorrow. Celebration time.



Free book November 22, 2019

A slow book day is sounding really good to me right about now. I don’t how you are feeling about it but I’m finding that my TBR (to be read) list is becoming over whelming long.  I’m not keeping up (well, I wasn’t really anyway but now it’s getting way out of hand) and I’m going to have to start speed reading to even make a dent.

It has helped that a few of the books lately were like a meal I didn’t like all that well. With all of the other attractive choices on the table I could abandon the less tasty dishes and move on. Very helpful at a time like this.

Today the pickings are slim and I’m finding the Amazon free list has been over-mined with my searches and there’s not much (if anything) new there right now anyway.

Chautona Havig always (usually) has a Free Friday book so we’ll go with that today. I like her books because they leave me feeling lighter, and that’s a good thing.

Her FREE book this Friday is a Christmas story – which is great, being the right season and all. I love Christmas stories, songs, and even decorations, in season or out of season.

I have a few decorations around the house that have managed to stay up all year. More than a few times. They are well on their way to becoming permanent fixtures. My daughter rolls her eyes at me.

To change things up a bit I rearrange these words every now and then. My grandsons did the honors last time they were here. They are cute teenagers with a mischievous glint in their eyes and they are proud of their effort.


So… back to Chautona’s FREE book,

It’s Merri’s Christmas Mission

Merri's Christmas Mission

This book was part of a previous Christmas collection so I’ve read and enjoyed already (a win/win for me.)

Merri is a young mom who loves Christmas and goes all-out to make it over-the-top special. The trouble is; she lost her job three months ago and money is tight.

All Barney wants is to win a pool table for the joy of the regulars (guys) at his adored non-profit Mission.

Their paths collide in this small town when they both set their eyes on the pool table contest as a way to make their dreams come true.

Will there be a winner with a devastated loser or will they find a way to make it a win-win situation?

You will have to read to find out.

Happy Friday with a little Christmas and, Happy Reading.



Free books November 21, 2019

BookBub suggested a FREE book this morning Operation Married by Christmas, written by an author showing up here regularly. It looks like a fun Christmas story, maybe it would even make a good Christmas movie.

Operation Married by Christmas

BookRunes has a suggestion today,  One Thursday Morning, by another regular author on this site. I downloaded this earlier this month but haven’t gotten to it yet.

One Thursday Morning

Currently I’m reading and loving The Trouble in Willow Falls. It is a fun read and has some great characters. It’s still FREE if you haven’t already snagged a copy

The Trouble in Willow Falls

’til tomorrow…

Happy reading!

A nice bunch of Free books November 20, 2019

We have a nice bunch of FREE books today from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC Books). I’m always excited when I see their email because they often have newly published book in the list. There are six books this time and all but two are new to me. This makes my Day! Hurry is a must as these are only free until November 22nd.

The Trouble in Willow Falls The Trouble in Willow Falls is book 2 in the  series about the struggles of small town life trying to re-invent itself.

God Bless the Child  God Bless the Child must be book 2 or 3 or so in the Main Street Clinic Series, unless there is another similar series and I’m mixing them up. In any event, it’s a touching story about a family therapist with a big heart for hurting and troubled children.

Mourning Dove Mourning Dove  a historical novel set in the 1970’s deep south, Memphis Tennessee. It’s the story of two siblings with a complicated life. In this case both the book and the author are new to me. An new adventure.

A Perfect Weakness  A Perfect Weakness has been on the FREE list before and I have read it. It’s about a doctor who, for guilt reasons, decided to stop practicing, and he’s arriving in a pioneer town where they are in desperate need of him. In fact they expected he would be replacing their aging doctor. They do their best to limp along without his help, until disaster strikes.  Sometimes life gives us a chance to make new decisions — if only we will.

Life in Chapel Srings  Life in Chapel Springs is book 4 in the series   The ups and downs of small town life while trying  to keep a low profile in a high profile world. It appears I’ve already downloaded books 1 and 3 in this series but I’m not sure I’ve read them. A mystery in need of solving.

Tested by Fire  Tested by Fire is book 1 in the Medic-7  Series and has been FREE before. I do remember reading this one, it was worth it, for sure.

Happy Reading!




Free and Bargain books November 19, 2019

Some interesting selections this morning from several sources.

BookRunes has two suggestions Day by Day (FREE) and A Promise for Christmas ($0.99 USD)

This author for Day by Day is new to me and the synopsis(?) is written rather differently, which raises a few questions in my mind about what the book will be like. The first couple of pages, though, portray feisty characters. I voted to take a chance and I’m hoping for a good read.

Day by Day

A Promise for Christmas ($0.99 USD.) This is another author new to me. It does look interesting though. I’m passing on this one purely for budgetary reasons (both time and money), I’ve read and enjoyed other books similar to this one lately. This one will be good too, I’m thinking.

A Promise for Christmas

Author Margaret Daley shared some FREE and bargain books in her email this morning, many of them wrtten by some of her friends. Like these three:

Loving Winter ($0.99 USD) Lyn Cote is on my favorite author list and this story looks good. I have many of her books but don’t have this one yet.

Loving Winter

A Doctor’s Promise (read and enjoyed) was free a while ago and is FREE now too. Happy news.

A Doctor's Promise

Last but not least, from Margaret’s email,  The Justin Hall Spy Thriller Box Set ($0.99 USD) with Ethan Jones. This author is new to me and I’m curious. Set-in-Canada is a drawing card, being Canadian and all, and the language seems to be expletive free, so I’m gong for it. I may not get through all three books but at least I’ll know if I like his style.

The Justin Hall box set

Well, that’s it for today. Not a bad selection at all. We have a fair bit of intriging variety again and I’m feeling pleased. It’s another good day for books.

Happy Reading.