Free and bargain books August 10, 2020

BookBub has an interesting FREE suggestion for us. The first few pages have me hooked and I think it will be my next read.

Runaway Tide (Sea Glass Inn Book 2)

Runaway Tide

Amazon quote:

Unflappable Meg finds herself at a crossroads when ex-flame, Jackson Riley, becomes her boss. 

Meg had made a promise to Jackson’s late father to stay working for the chain of Sea Glass inns, but how can she now?

After years away, Jackson seems to have something to prove to his family … and to Meg. But after mounting conflicts with one of Jackson’s family members bubble over, Meg must decide if her long-ago promise is worth keeping.

Will a spontaneous trip to the ancient city of Florence, Italy have the power to reignite lost love? 

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LPC Books has a FREE suggestion.

Gift of the Magpie

gift of the magpie

Amazon quote:

Award-winning author Amanda Larrowe has shut off communication with friends and family to meet her next book’s deadline. But as storms move into Richmond, Virginia, Amanda learns that Camden Lancaster, a high school sweetheart, has moved in across the street.

After ten years, Amanda’s heart still smarts from the humiliating aftermath of their perfect high-school Valentine’s Day date. Camden may have transformed into a handsome, amiable man, but his charming smile doesn’t win her trust—and certainly not Amanda’s heart. When Cam doesn’t recognize her on their first two encounters, she thinks it’s safe to be his fair-weather neighbor.

Boy is she wrong.

Amanda is about to learn that first loves and broken hearts can sometimes lead to second chances … and a crushing pain that last forever.

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I’m currently reading a book that is still a bargain.

Where It All Began:  (A Heartbeats Inspirational Romance Book 1)

Where it all Began

Sandra Baker thought her life was on the perfect track until she ended up pregnant. Her boyfriend, not wanting the baby, pushes her to have an abortion and though she doesn’t want one, she realizes she cannot support a baby alone.

After the procedure, Sandra’s life falls apart as the guilt creeps in. She turns to alcohol, her relationship ends, and she struggles to find meaning in her life.

When she meets Henry Dobbs, a strong Christian man, she begins to wonder if his God would accept her. Will she tell Henry her darkest secret? And will she ever be able to forgive herself and find healing? Find out in this emotional love story.

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Happy Reading!

Bargain books August 09, 2020

One thing led to another and here we are with two bargain books that look interesting.

Where the Heart Is Romance Collection: Love Is a Journey in Nine Historical Novellas

Where the Heart Is

Amazon quote:

Journey along with nine women who find themselves on the move out of their comfortable lives and into the unknown as they set up new homes, take on new jobs, seek out loved ones, and encounter romance. Will their faith endure the hardships, and will love form when life is in transition? Written by nine inspirational romance authors who have a passion for American history and faith.

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This one is intriguing. I’ve read many historical novels but don’t believe I’ve ever read one from this point of view and I’m looking forward to it.

The Awakening of Miss Adelaide (The Women of Rock Creek Book 3) 

The Awakening of Miss Adelaide

Amazon quote:

Orphaned as an infant, Oklahoma heiress Adelaide Fitzgerald has enjoyed every advantage. She possesses a unique gift for music and has excelled on the opera stage in Italy. As a philanthropist, she’s adored from America to Europe.

But Miss Adelaide is about to awaken in a 1918 nightmare.

When the “Great War” and the “Great Influenza” knock, Adelaide finds her uninvited guests more than unwelcome. They threaten her life and alter her identity and purpose.

Snatched from a quiet life in an Italian villa, Miss Adelaide is thrust into conflicts others have created. What battle scars will she sustain? And where will love lead her?

In The Awakening of Miss Adelaide, war and peace, laughter and heartache, love and loss come together to ignite a fresh fire that reveals one woman’s hidden needs and potentials.

What will gaining a fresh understanding of herself require of the Angel of the Opera?

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The book I’m currently and enjoying is still a bargain. I’m a third of the way through.

Running for Cover (Heroes for Hire Book 1)

Runnings for Cover

Amazon quote:

Morgan Alexandria moved to Virginia to escape her past…but her past isn’t ready to let her go. Thanks to her ex-husband’s shady dealings, someone’s after her, and if it weren’t for Jackson Sharo, she might already be dead. Can Morgan trust Jackson? Maybe not. The former big-city cop is practically a stranger. But trying to handle everything on her own just leads to new disasters. And without Jackson’s help, she could find herself running right into a trap…

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Happy Reading!

Sunday Scribbling’s prompt – Code

Who knew code could be a big deal.

Sunday Scribblings  is hosted by Peckapalooza: The Confusing Middle.  This weeks prompt is

Code

Wow, I didn’t realize until I started taking stock; code has been a huge part of my life, all of my life. I’ll bet you’ll find it has been a large part of your’s too. Count up all the ways if you don’t believe me.

So here we go. Counting the ways.

Area code: my first full time job was telephone operator back in the day before direct dialing. We had to use route codes and area codes to connect you to your favorite aunt in New York city. Direct dialing (or maybe I should say partial direct dialing) did come in soon after I started this job. One or two of us (depending on traffic) would sit at a table with a key pad and when a bee-beep sounded in our headset we would say Number Please. looking for the number they were calling from. We were often tempted to say Rubber Knees. just to see if anyone actually listened.

Banking codes: My second full time job was bank teller, also back in the day. We were on the cusp of computerized bank branches but when I started things still had to be done manually. Accuracy was a big deal and we had to know the codes and get it right, every time. It was good training for future experiences, I’ll tell you that. I did like the job but motherhood (and a move to a different city) cut my working days short.

Invoicing codes: I won’t even try to list all the ways these have affected my life over the years, both from the employee aspect and the consumer aspect. Small print and codes – very important. I shy away from grocery store self check out. I can never find the codes for avacados and green bell peppers.

Computer code: another back in the day story. Back when personal computers were a new thing and you had to be able to write simple code to accomplish anything with it. Luckily, I had a young son who knew more than I did about such things. That, and it wasn’t long before software became a thing. These days – my son writes computer code for a living, I’m grateful for software and Google.

10 Codes – Ambulance: my third paid occupation was in a small town where the unit chief recruited me because of my flexible availability. Ambulance was not on the list of things I might like to be one day. I did get to like code 3 – lights and sirens, especially if I was driving. 10-7 was nice when we could stop for lunch after a long transfer and a hospital drop off or 10-19 going home. I did come to love the job I thought I would hate.

Codes, codes and more codes: my fourth, fifth and sixth occupations all proved to be challenging but rewarding when it came to codes. Post office/retail, printing/manufacturing, and administrative/with client interaction. I’ve enjoy all of my jobs but this sixth one has lasted the longest. Thirteen years and counting. In this electronic age things keep changing and it never gets boring.

Genetic code (DNA): of all the codes, this one has had the greatest impact on my life. Both from without and within. Family dynamics on the outside, and the way I cope with the aftermath of those dynamics on the inside. Hopefully I’m learning to live a more positive and healthy life no matter what my code says.

Code. Who would have thought…

It has definitely made life interesting!

Free and bargain books August 08, 2020 Part Two

Somehow I keep forgetting to check the BookRunes daily email before I hit Publish. Today they have an interesting FREE suggestion. It is on a much lighter note than the suggestions in today’s Part One and I’m sure we could use the comic relief of a lighter note after all that mystery and mayhem.

For What It’s Worth 

For What it's Worth

Amazon quote:

Abby’s dream of owning her own cake shop is finally coming true, but she’s still not sure what to charge for her cakes. Deciding to let her customers determine her cakes’ worth quickly turns Abby into a real celebrity. But her newfound fame could end up costing her everything. This delectable romance is sure to keep you guessing to the very last page.

 

 

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One suggestion always leads to another and this bargain book looks like it could be fun too.

Spare Change

Spare Change

Amazon quote:

Twenty-three and single, Riley thinks resolutions should be fun, not hard. Just before midnight, she vows to make the easiest resolution ever: save her pennies and at the end of the year, buy something nice for herself. Easy! …Or is it?
Working at a cancer treatment center can change one’s perspective, and before long Riley decides to donate her extra money to cancer research rather than reward herself. At first her resolution is her own secret, but all too soon the nurses figure out her plan, and then things really begin to get out of hand!
As people through the hospital, and then the town, begin to get involved, Riley finds herself at the front of the fund-raising campaign. She also finds herself face-to-face with Paul, the grouchy but cute bank teller. But can she overcome the memory of a failed relationship – and can he do the same? And who is the secret admirer who keeps leaving pennies and notes for her to find?

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It has been a good day for books.

Even ending on a happy note.

Happy Reading y’all!

Enjoy your Saturday.

Unless you are on the other side of the world where it is already Sunday.

Interesting bargain books August 08, 2020

Right on! This is shaping up to be another good day for new books.

BookBub has bargain suggestions all new to me. That makes this a good day even before checking them out. They do look good enough, though, to take a chance on them.

Ranger Protection (Texas Ranger Heroes Book 1) 

Ranger Protection

Amazon quote:

When Dr. Tara Sims is robbed, she fights back to protect her daughter and nearly pays with her life. She’s rescued by Texas Ranger Grady West. Her childhood friend is now a handsome lawman, but Tara refuses to acknowledge the chemistry sparking between them. With a little girl to raise and a growing medical practice, she has no room in her life for romance.

Grady suspects the vicious assault wasn’t a random act. What he can’t figure out is why anyone would attack the single mother. He vows to protect Tara and her little girl while keeping his growing feelings for them out of the equation. Getting romantically involved with his sister’s best friend is more hazardous than hunting criminals.

As the threats escalate and evidence links the robbery to a homicide, Tara and Grady realize nothing is quite as it seems. Untangling a web of secrets makes them the target of a madman, and it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again…

This novella kicks off the inspirational romantic suspense series Texas Ranger Heroes. Each book can be read as a standalone and guarantees a fast-paced mystery combined with sweet romance.

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Hoping for Hawthorne: A Contemporary Christian Romance (Bloom Sisters Book 0)

Hoping for Hawthorne

Amazon quote:

Hawthorne Bloom is living for the moment, until a beautiful stranger with intriguingly familiar eyes gives him a tongue lashing he’ll never forget. When she shows up again at a family event, Hawthorne finds himself trying to dig a way out of a hole he didn’t realize he was in. 

When Avery Chase returns to Indiana, the last thing she expects is to run into her childhood crush, let alone to realize in the years since she left, he’s turned into a complete jerk. Hoping for a man to change is a mistake she’s made once before and is determined not to make again.

Then again, it’s hard to resist when your childhood crush finally notices you. 

A sweet and clean, stand-alone Christian romance novella that will have you falling in love with the Bloom Family. Hoping for Hawthorne is a prequel to the 6-book Bloom Sisters Series.

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The BookBub suggestions unearthed some other great suggestions. Bargains too.

Daughter of Texas (Texas Ranger Justice)

Daughter of Texas

Amazon quote:

Texas Ranger Ben Fritz would give his life to protect Corinna Pike. After all, she’s his captain’s beloved daughter—and the only witness to her father’s murder. When the assassin targets Corinna, Ben dedicates himself to her safety…while keeping his distance. The beautiful ballerina deserves better than a rough-and-tough ranger. Yet Corinna refuses to ignore the draw between them, just as she refuses to give in to fear as danger grows. Ben will need her courage—and love—to guide him through the line of fire when the killer strikes again.

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And, last but not least in the mystery thriller department.

Running for Cover (Heroes for Hire Book 1)

Runnings for Cover

Amazon quote:

Morgan Alexandria moved to Virginia to escape her past…but her past isn’t ready to let her go. Thanks to her ex-husband’s shady dealings, someone’s after her, and if it weren’t for Jackson Sharo, she might already be dead. Can Morgan trust Jackson? Maybe not. The former big-city cop is practically a stranger. But trying to handle everything on her own just leads to new disasters. And without Jackson’s help, she could find herself running right into a trap….

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Some days the suggestions look a little Ho Hum, not so today. I can see some serious reading happening in the days ahead.

Happy Reading y’all

on this bright and sunny Saturday.

Looking out at the beautiful day you would never guess there was an intense storm in the middle of the night. It was loud enough to wake this heavy sleeper. An impressive noisy lightening show with bouts of torrential rain.

It was the cloud to cloud kind of lightening. A beautiful light show that goes on and on across the sky like strings of flashing Christmas lights.

Too bad I couldn’t stay awake long enough to hear it end.

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Bargain books August 07, 2020 – Part two

Failing to look at the suggestions at the bottom of the page means I missed interesting offerings for the author of my current read. An author is new to me. I can’t pass up the opportunity to experience more of her so we have to have bargains Part Two.

I don’t know about you but I like what they call speculative fiction. One of these three new books is just that. I do like Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker. There are a number of their books shelved in my living room. They say Lorana Hoopes writes like them, I’m looking forward to finding out if it’s true.

The Still Small Voice: Christian Speculative Fiction (Are You Listening Book 1)

The Still Small Voice

Amazon quote:

Would you give up everything to follow God?

Jordan Wright’s life was thrown upside down when she ended up pregnant in college. After giving up her son for adoption, she sought to find meaning in her life. As she gave her life to God, she began to receive visions and words to tell others. But can she trust God enough to take on the hardest mission of her life?

Kat Jameson had been a lukewarm Christian for years, but when her best friend died, her world was thrown into turmoil. Dreams haunt her evenings and a strange light began appearing around people. Kat believed she was going crazy until she met someone with a special message for her. Will she let go and finally let God use her?

Fans of Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker will love this speculative fiction. Best-selling author Lorana Hoopes will challenge your faith in this heartwarming speculative fiction. Are you listening to God’s voice?

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This next one is a romance and is the beginning of a new series. A Prequel on Pre-order at a bargain price. I’m taking a chance.

Sealed With a Kiss: A Clean Inspirational Small Town Romance (Star Lake Book 1)

Sealed with a Kiss

Amazon quote:

He’s loved her for years. She’s never seen it. Will they ever get their chance?

Max has loved Layla since the moment he met her, but the time has never been right to tell her. When she breaks off her engagement, will he finally get the courage to tell her how he feels or will he lose his chance forever?

Layla has been using relationships to determine her worth, but when her latest one falls apart, she decides to give up on men all together. When she realizes Max has feelings for her, will she stand by her conviction or will she give love one more try?

Fans of Karen Kingsbury, Susan May Warren, and Colleen Coble will love this heart-warming prequel to the Star Lake series by best selling author Lorana Hoopes. 

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One more bargain, available without waiting.

Where It All Began: An Inspirational Christian Fiction (A Heartbeats Inspirational Romance Book 1)

Where it all Began

Amazon quote:

An impossible choice. An unforeseen consequence. The hand of God.

Sandra Baker thought her life was on the perfect track until she ended up pregnant. Her boyfriend, not wanting the baby, pushes her to have an abortion and though she doesn’t want one, she realizes she cannot support a baby alone.

After the procedure, Sandra’s life falls apart as the guilt creeps in. She turns to alcohol, her relationship ends, and she struggles to find meaning in her life.

When she meets Henry Dobbs, a strong Christian man, she begins to wonder if his God would accept her. Will she tell Henry her darkest secret? And will she ever be able to forgive herself and find healing? Find out in this emotional love story.

Fans of Colleen Coble, Lori Wick, and Karen Kingsbury will love this inspirational romance from best-selling author Lorana Hoopes.

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This has been a very good book day with strong representation from two genres. We are in good shape for the weekend!!

Happy Reading

….until tomorrow.

Free and bargain books August 07, 2020

This is turning out to be a good book day and I’m looking forward to these new reads.

BookRunes has the interesting FREE collection suggestion for us today. We have downloaded and enjoyed the first book in this series and it’s exciting to have the opportunity to experience the next four. Not only that but this suggestion has expanded into more.

Northwest Counter-Terrorism Taskforce: the complete series

North West Counter terrorism

Amazon quote:

Book 1: First Wave
Just another Friday night. Or is it?
Homeland Security Agent Dakota Pierce is in the Washington backwoods to sniff out domestic terrorism.
DEA rookie Josh Weber and his dog show up to uncover a mystery of their own. When a young woman’s body is discovered, everything points to a local militia.

Book 2: Second Chance
The agent left behind. Stuck on probation with nothing to do but busywork.
Niall’s case points to a research college hiding more secrets than the local police. He meets Haley, who is looking for her missing friend. The former Navy sailor won’t stop until she’s figured out what the disappearance has to do with the Russians in Portland. When the two collide, a bigger plot is revealed. One that puts hundreds in danger.

Book 3: Third Hour
Hiding from her enemy.
Talia takes an assignment at a bank, where she meets a dashing Secret Service agent. Before anything can happen, the NSA analyst is implicated in a cyber-crime. Mason knows there’s more going on, but Talia won’t tell him what happened to her.
When the hacker closes in, and the Secret Service office is targeted, the only way to uncover what’s really going on is for them all to trust each other. But with their histories, that’s a whole lot easier said than done.

Book 4: Fourth Day
A dead woman returns. The trap is set.
Allyson can’t get caught up in feelings. Not when there’s work to do. The night her phone rings, the voice on the other end changes everything. Drawn into the latest Northwest Counter-Terrorism Taskforce case, Allyson has to figure out where her loyalties lie. Sal knows things are changing with the team, but he isn’t sure what’s next for him. As soon as he clears this one last investigation he’ll figure it out. Trouble is, finding Allyson might be the hardest thing he’s ever done.

Book 5: Final Stand
A vendetta. The biggest case of her life.
Victoria Bramlyn has been a spy, a State Department Director, team leader and friend. But there’s one role she’s never realized. The woman in Mark Welvern’s life. When the capture of a corrupt FBI agent and one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted is finally within her grasp, Victoria has to make one last choice between the people she loves and the score she needs to settle.
Mark has loved Victoria for years. But there just might be too much history between Victoria and Mark for them to make a relationship work. When the truth about everything she’s done comes to light, his loyalty to her is tested and he is forced to decide between duty and having what he’s always wanted. Will he give it all up for her?

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Two more Lisa Philips books are also offered at bargain prices. $1.33 each.

Desolation Point 

Desolation Point

Amazon quote:

Buried secrets.

A town under siege.

Someone has Malvern County in a choke hold. Sheriff’s Deputy Ellie Maxwell knows something is wrong in her town. When her boss tells her to drop the case, she reaches out to the only resident who can help her.

Drew Turner is a private investigator with more secrets than the town. But he’s the only one Ellie can trust. The only one who can find out the truth.

Ellie and Drew have to figure out what’s going on before the fallout destroys an entire town, and loneliness ends both of them.

This novel features characters from the Northwest Counter-Terrorism Taskforce, but isn’t part of the series.

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Deadly Exposure (Double Down Book 1)

Deadly Exposure

Amazon quote:

His sister has been kidnapped.

A disgraced woman is targetted.

Who is telling the truth?

Navy SEAL Bradley Harris returns home to find his sister, Senator Rachel Harris, has been abducted. The FBI’s prime suspect is Alexis Calvert, Rachel’s best friend and the woman he gave his heart to long ago. Proving she’s innocent is going to be tough. Especially when he realizes the truth behind Alexis’s public shaming. Bradley must get his sister back and protect the woman he loves before the worst happens…and he loses everything.

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Current Read:

It took three tries to get to the book I’m currently reading and enjoying. It was easy to drift away from the two ahead of this one and move on. I’ll circle back later for another try, or at the very least just to see how they ended.

Lost Memories and New Beginnings: A Clean, Christian Medical Romantic Suspense (The Men of Fire Beach Book 2)

Lost Memories

An accident, a loss of memory, a past that could ruin her future!

She has no memory, no idea of who she is or how she landed in the hospital. The only thing she remembers is fear, but fear from what? Will her memory return in time to save her from danger?

Dr. Brody Cavanaugh thought he was done with love when his wife passed away. Now, a mysterious woman has appeared in his life, and something about her intrigues him. But when her past paints a different picture of her, will that tear him apart?

And what happens when the owner of the black Ford truck returns?

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Happy Reading

It’s Friday, and it’s going to be a scorcher. A cool start to the weekend!

Free and bargain books August 06, 2020

BookBub has a Free suggestions for us today.

Cowboy Father: The Cowboys (Glory, Montana Book 5)

Cowboy father

Amazon quote:

Adele is the eldest Kinsley daughter. She’s always been the responsible one. Even when her marriage fell apart and she found out her husband was a thief. When her husband is killed in the midst of a robbery, she flees to Glory, Montana with her year old son, hoping to escape her past and her dead husband’s partner. She never expected to meet Ethan, a single father to two orphaned children.

Ethan’s boss lost a considerable amount of money in the last heist and has offered Ethan a generous reward if he recovers it. He suspects Adele and needs to get close to her to discover what she did with the money. But the closer he gets, the more he falls for the lovely widow.

After being burned once, can Adele open her heart to love again? Will Ethan discover the secrets of Adele’s past? Or will his mission to find the missing money come between them?

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A bargain by the same author. $1.21

Crane’s Bride (Wild Rose Country Book 1)

Crane's Bride

Amazon quote:

Preparing to travel west to begin a new life, Byler Crane has thought of everything. Everything, that is, except a wife. An impromptu ad placed in the local mercantile brings Maggie Malone into his life–and a whole lot more than he bargained for. Before the ink on their marriage certificate dries, the feisty new bride has managed to add a foundling girl and a young boy to the “family.”
Maggie has no reason to trust men. But Crane promises to give her a home in the west. She’ll take a chance with him if for no other reason than to escape her present situation. But she will not tolerate any sort of injustice which lands her in one situation after another.
Through it all, Crane remains true. Is this enough reason to trust him with her heart?

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In regard to a current read: I’ve abandoned my current read. A very weak story going on. I think next I’ll try one from two days ago, it’s an author unknown to me and I need to see what it’s like.

Mail-Order Mismatch: Brides of Burlington County, Book Two

Mail-Order Mismatch

 

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Happy Reading y’all.

They tell us it will be a hot one here today. I kind of hope so. It’s August, already, our chance of hot days won’t be around too much longer.

Bargain books August 05, 2020

Just one book this morning.

It’s BookBub with a bargain suggestion, an author new to me and maybe you too.

Lost Memories and New Beginnings: A Clean Medical Romantic Suspense (The Men of Fire Beach Book 2)

Lost Memories

Amazon quote:

She has no memory, no idea of who she is or how she landed in the hospital. The only thing she remembers is fear, but fear from what? Will her memory return in time to save her from danger?

Dr. Brody Cavanaugh thought he was done with love when his wife passed away. Now, a mysterious woman has appeared in his life, and something about her intrigues him. But when her past paints a different picture of her, will that tear him apart?

And what happens when the owner of the black Ford truck returns?

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Currently, I’m about to start a new read. So many to choose from, it’s hard to decide but I think I’ll settle on a bargain book from yesterday.

Eastbound from Flagstaff: A Novel

East Bound from Flagstaff

A love story based on the author’s father, Eastbound Bus From Flagstaff portrays an individual who comes to recognize the significance of family, loyalty, and the richness of his heritage.

Simon Hagan is running from a lie, intent on believing his own efforts and perseverance can overcome anything. He abandons roots that are his foundational strength and hides behind his charm, living every moment as if life’s daring him to fail–again. He’s reckoning with his father’s God who could have delivered better outcomes but didn’t.

This first installment in an epic trilogy that begins in the 1920’s, unique in its purposeful illumination of the human condition and its ideological indifference to God, asks the question: “Why was God silent when I needed him?” Simon’s return to the notion of forgiveness is the catalyst for a new beginning as it reunites Simon to the place he once thought was the impossible dream. The answer for Simon isn’t blowing in the backwinds of his dream chase; rather, it unfolds in the outstretched hand of a villain.

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It just feels wrong somehow, to leave you with only a book or two. Maybe it’s just my imagination and fewer is not a such bad thing, after all.

I have a few finished reads I’ll share tomorrow if it’s another slow day.

Happy Reading on this bright sunny day.

 

Bargain books August 04, 2020

BookBub has a bargain suggestion for us.

Cowboy Ranch: Clean & Wholesome Cowboy Romance (Triple J Ranch Book 2)

Cowboy Ranch

Amazon quote:

A detective’s daughter. A rugged rancher. Can they track down cattle rustlers and lasso love?

Callie Houston needs a break from misery. But when her car breaks down on her way to a rodeo, she finds herself stranded in small-town Montana. Praying that God has a plan for her misfortune, she’s flattered when two handsome brothers offer their ranch for the night.

Luke Manning isn’t sure he’s ready to settle down. But when he and his brother stumble across a woman down on her luck, neither hesitates to compete for the beauty’s affection. But if he wants to win her heart, he must prove he’s different from the shallow men of her past.

As she works with Luke to hunt down a band of cattle thieves, Callie realizes she’s falling hard for the kind-hearted cowboy. But when Luke discovers the out-of-towner making plans to head home to Minnesota, he scrambles to convince her to stay.

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I found a few bargain books while browsing, all with authors new to me. Checking out the first few pages I decided I’d like to get to know them, maybe they will even become regulars.

Eastbound from Flagstaff: A Novel 

East Bound from Flagstaff

Amazon quote:

Simon Hagan is running from a lie, intent on believing his own efforts and perseverance can overcome anything. He abandons roots that are his foundational strength and hides behind his charm, living every moment as if life’s daring him to fail–again. He’s reckoning with his father’s God who could have delivered better outcomes but didn’t.

This first installment in an epic trilogy that begins in the 1920’s, unique in its purposeful illumination of the human condition and its ideological indifference to God, asks the question: “Why was God silent when I needed him?” Simon’s return to the notion of forgiveness is the catalyst for a new beginning as it reunites Simon to the place he once thought was the impossible dream. The answer for Simon isn’t blowing in the backwinds of his dream chase; rather, it unfolds in the outstretched hand of a villain.

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Mail-Order Mismatch: Brides of Burlington County, Book Two

Mail-Order Mismatch

Amazon quote:

1869, Wyoming.
Fleeing from her past, Angelica Truman carries more than just her scars; she carries hope that her groom, Holden, will learn to love his mail-order bride. Her hopes are dashed as soon as she meets the cattle rancher. Though he described himself as homely, he is the most handsome man Angelica has ever laid eyes on. Holden is more than just pleasing to look at; he’s a hard-working, devoted Christian who is looking for an Ephesians wife. Feeling unloveable and damaged, will Angelica flee before she is hopelessly and completely in love with Holden?

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Mail Order Bride: Montana Brides and Babies (Western Brides Sweet Romance Book 1)

Montana Brides and babies

Amazon quote:

Three courageous women risk everything to find love on the Western Frontier. They get more than they bargained for when babies are unexpectedly thrown into the mix. Will they have enough love for a new baby and a new husband?

Montana Brides and Babies is a clean western romance from #1 Bestselling author Emily Woods. If you like clean, historical fiction about women who risk everything for love as mail order brides, you will love the Western Brides Sweet Romance series from Emily Woods.

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I like discovering new-to-me authors and with so many of them this morning, it’s been a good day.

I hope this is a good day for you too.

Happy Reading …

from a happy reader/blogger who has found spending time in the yard reaps new friends.

This morning it all started with a friendly dog who just had to say hi (more than once) while I was down on my knees pulling weeds. Soon his dad came looking for him and I’ve now met one more of my neighbors.

It seems we moved to the neighborhood the same year and we are both transplants from other places. Me, from Western Canada, and he and his wife from Britain. Neither of us appear to meet people easily so it was nice, on both sides, to meet another neighbor.

Next time he passes my house on his motorcycle (I’ve noticed it before but not known where it lived) he’ll give a toot.

This has been a good summer, getting to know three neighbors better.