Free and bargain books June 04, 2020

BookBub has a FREE suggestion for us. I read-and-enjoyed this several years ago.

Homecoming (Sweet Hearts of Sweet Creek Book 1)

Homecoming

Amazon quote:

Sheryl Kyle isn’t the trusting type. After all, her abusive late husband and her disapproving stepfather haven’t given her much reason to feel otherwise. But when a rugged rancher named Mark seeks her out she learns her stepfather is on his deathbed. And his dying wish is for her to return to Sweet Creek for one last chance to reconcile…

Mark can’t help but be fascinated by Sheryl. Despite hearing the worst about her from her stepbrother, he’s drawn to the hauntingly beautiful woman. When his ranching partner suffers an injury at the worst possible time, he’s surprised and delighted that Sheryl agrees to work by his side…

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This popular Classic is FREE. You may have even seen the movie.

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibilty

Amazon quote:

“Sense and Sensibility” is the story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, who have contrasting temperaments. On the surface Elinor, the older sister represents sense or reason while Marianne represents sensibility or emotion, however upon closer examination we find that they both exhibit varying aspects of each characteristic. A classic coming of age story “Sense and Sensibility” was Jane Austen’s first published novel.

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The book I’m currently reading is still a bargain at $0.99, a really good deal for this author. Book 1 Identity Theft is a nail-biter.

Alaskan Refuge Christian Suspense Box Set (Books 1-3)

Alaskan Refuge Box set

A woman hiding from the fatal mistakes of her past. A sister rescuing her autistic little brother from the clutches of danger. A mother confronting the demons in her past to rescue her kidnapped daughter.

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Two things I can’t believe… how quickly the days are flying by (it’s June 4th already), and how fast everything is growing in the garden (plants have gone from 0 to 6 inches, and blooming, in no time at all.)

Reading does make the days seem shorter. Tonight I heard the radio break at 8:30 for the news, five minutes went by when I looked up again — they were breaking for the 9:00 news. Shock.

Usually I don’t hear the news every half hour, it’s more like every two hours. 🙂

Actually weeding makes time fly too. It can be as addictive as reading… just a few more weeds and I’ll quit. But then mosquitoes come out at dusk and quitting is not a problem. I managed to stay out for an hour. Should have gone out sooner but first… just one more page…

It’s a good thing mosquitoes stay outside and reading just one more chapter is never a problem.

Searching for good books is addictive and time consuming too. An hour and a half has gone by already, on a short browse night.

I’m going back to this book now quick, while there is still time.

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I hope you are having as much fun reading as I am.

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

Free and bargain books June 03, 2020

BookBub has an awesome bargain suggestion from one of my favorite authors. A three book collection for $0.99.

Alaskan Refuge Christian Suspense Box Set (Books 1-3)

Alaskan Refuge Box set

Amazon quote:

Deep in the heart of Alaska, there’s more to fear than just the cold …

Real faith meets real suspense in these 3 thrilling novels you can’t put down!

A woman hiding from the fatal mistakes of her past. A sister rescuing her autistic little brother from the clutches of danger. A mother confronting the demons in her past to rescue her kidnapped daughter.

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Browsing found this interesting bargain prospect for $1.25

Whispers of Love (Finding Love Medical Romance Series Book 1)

Whispers of Love

Amazon quote:

Two people determined not to fall in love, but life has other plans…

Jordyn Rivers loves being a nurse, it’s almost second nature. When she meets her new client, she knows she has her work cut out for her. But, that isn’t the only problem. Her client’s brother proves a bigger hurdle to overcome.

Ty Warren can’t believe the incompetent woman the agency sent. For starters, she’s always late—at everything. He’d do anything for his sister, even fire her new nurse. But as he watches her tenderness with his sister, he realizes there’s more to nursing than timetables, and maybe his jaded past is to be blamed for his reaction. His efforts change to aiding Jordyn.

As Ty’s animosity begins to ease, Jordyn finds herself falling for him. Can he convince her to overcome her pain and fear, and give them a chance?

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I’ve just finished reading, and very much enjoying, Lacewood. I had reservations initially but it turned out to be a favorite. It is still a bargain at $1.42.

Lacewood: A haunting love story that sweeps across centuries: Romantic Small Town Southern Fiction

Lacewood

Amazon quote:

MOVING TO A SMALL TOWN is a big change for New York socialite Katie McCain. But when she stumbles across Lacewood, an abandoned 200-year-old mansion in small-town Virginia, she’s enthralled by the enduring beauty of the neglected estate—and captivated by the haunting portrait of a woman in mourning she finds there. Katie buys the house on a whim and throws herself into befriending the colorful characters in the southern town of New Hope.

THE PAST AND PRESENT converge when military veteran and hometown hero Will Durham returns and begins his own healing process by helping restore the memory-filled Lacewood house to its former glory.

As Katie delves deeper into the mystery of the beautiful “widow of Lacewood,” her ownership of the acreage around the estate comes into question. When developers begin work to destroy the beautiful rural landscape, the southern charm of New Hope is threatened…and the townsfolk see her as the cause.

But destiny has bigger plans for Lacewood. To fulfill them, Katie and Will need to piece together the previous owner’s heartrending story, uncover secrets the house has held for centuries, and find the faith to accept their own painful pasts.

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Currently, I’m starting on  Call of the Mountain. It’s too early to tell for sure but so far it looks like a winner. It is still FREE

Call of the Mountain (Finding Love in the Blue Ridge Mountains Book 3)

Call of the Mountain

Amazon quote:

When her younger sister offers an ultimatum, Beth’s life spirals into chaos. “Either adopt my baby when it is born, or I’ll get an abortion.” Will the man she is dating accept the responsibility of a son or daughter? How can Beth balance the demands of work and motherhood on her own?

An unplanned visit to the mountains of North Carolina gives Beth an opportunity to clarify her plans. But when the man of her dreams seems to fall for her younger, pregnant, sister, will Beth find the strength to sacrifice her desires so that good can come to those she loves?

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Happy Reading!

Free books June 01, 2020

BookBub has a FREE collection suggestion for us. I’ve read the first two of the three books and look forward to reading the third one.

The Texas Women of Spirit Trilogy

Texas Women of Spirit

Amazon quote:

Ride along with three unforgettable women on adventures of faith and courage in the wild lands of 1800’s Texas. History, faith and romance.

Book 1: The River Girl’s Song
Zillia Bright never dreamed she’d be orphaned at sixteen and left to care for her baby brother and Papa’s farm. With only a mule and a hundred year old shotgun , she must fight to protect what’s hers. Countless dangers lurk on the Bastrop, Texas riverside. Zillia must rely on the help of her best friends, Soonie and Wylder, to hold her world together. With Zillia’s struggles come unexpected miracles, and proof that God might just listen to the prayers of a river girl.

Book 2: The Comanche Girl’s Prayer
Nineteen-year-old Soonie Eckhart follows God’s call on her heart, traveling to an illegal Comanche and Kiowa settlement in North Texas to become a teacher for the children in hiding.
Despite her Comanche roots, she finds many in the group, including a volatile young man named Lone Warrior, refuse to accept her.
After a chance encounter in the hills with a band of dangerous men, Soonie must draw on the deepest parts of her faith and courage to survive.

Book 3: The Saloon Girl’s Journey
Weary of the saloon girl life—and tired of being slapped around—Darla North decides to start over and let her new-found faith lead her. A friend sends her to Downs House, a place for ‘unfortunate women.’ Darla is offered a home—if she can behave herself.
Old habits are hard to break, but Darla is desperate to prove to everyone that she’s changed, especially Ethan Downs, the owner’s sensitive and sweet son. But when Darla’s past threatens to catch up with her, she must decide to face the truth . . . or run away again.

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LPC Books has some Free suggestions for us.

Murder in the Family by Ramona Richards is one I well remember reading last year.

Murder in the Family

Amazon quote:

Storm chaser Molly McClelland must return to her small Alabama hometown when she unexpectedly inherits her hoarder aunt’s house . . . and all of its contents. Despite her suspicions that her aunt was murdered, Molly wants nothing more than to sell everything and get back to the life she loves. Especially once her homecoming reignites the decades-old family conflict that drove her away in the first place. But when Molly uncovers caches of cash, journals revealing secrets-and a body-amongst the stockpiles, she finds herself locked in a cat-and-mouse dance with a deadly endgame.

Molly teams with local sheriff, Greg Olson, to find the truth. But will her determination and his skills be enough, or will the killer-or killers-put an end to their efforts once and for all?

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Falling for Chloe D Stearman, this one is new to me.

Falling for Chloe

Amazon quote:

Jake Marley always dreamed of making it big as a singer / songwriter, and when a chance meeting in his hometown ends with an invite to Nashville, he’s sure fame and fortune are just around the corner. After Jake jumps on the fast track to success, his notoriety grows—but so do his addictions.

Jake expected fame to take its toll. He just didn’t realize how much he’d have to give up in the pursuit of stardom. But the hardest thing? Losing Chloe, his small-town girlfriend and the only person who knows the real Jake.

Can Jake and Chloe find their way back to each other? Or will the price of fame remove any chance he has to prove his love for Chloe?

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A Reluctant Melody , I recall reading this one a year ago too.

A Reluctant Melody

Amazon quote:

Kit Barnes’ drinking ruined more lives than his own. Now sober, he wants to make amends by opening a mission for drunkards. The most suitable location belongs to Joanna Cranston Stewart, a love from his sordid past and the one person he hurt the most.

A pariah among her peers, Joanna is all too eager to sell her property and flee the rumors that she sent her late husband to an early grave. But she will let the gossips talk and the walls of her rundown property crumble around her before she’ll allow Kit back into her life.

When a blackmailer threatens to reveal her long-held secret, she must choose between trusting Kit or seeing her best friend trapped in an abusive marriage.

Will Joanna risk another betrayal? Or will she find a way through the pain of the past to love and trust again?

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This is book three but I’ve read book four in this series. Several others by this author as well.

Call of the Mountain (Finding Love in the Blue Ridge Mountains Book 3)

Call of the Mountain

Amazon quote:

When her younger sister offers an ultimatum, Beth’s life spirals into chaos. “Either adopt my baby when it is born, or I’ll get an abortion.” Will the man she is dating accept the responsibility of a son or daughter? How can Beth balance the demands of work and motherhood on her own?

An unplanned visit to the mountains of North Carolina gives Beth an opportunity to clarify her plans. But when the man of her dreams seems to fall for her younger, pregnant, sister, will Beth find the strength to sacrifice her desires so that good can come to those she loves?

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Happy Reading!

 

Free and bargain books May 30, 2020

BookBub has a $1.42 bargain suggestion for us. I like to vet suggested selections prior to posting them, always hoping to provide good reads. I’m not seeing the normal signposts to tell me good or bad. It’s difficult to know for sure on this one but it looks like it should be a good read. My apologies if I’m wrong.

Lacewood: A haunting love story that sweeps across centuries: Romantic Small Town Southern Fiction

Lacewood

Amazon quote:

MOVING TO A SMALL TOWN is a big change for New York socialite Katie McCain. But when she stumbles across Lacewood, an abandoned 200-year-old mansion in small-town Virginia, she’s enthralled by the enduring beauty of the neglected estate—and captivated by the haunting portrait of a woman in mourning she finds there. Katie buys the house on a whim and throws herself into befriending the colorful characters in the southern town of New Hope.

THE PAST AND PRESENT converge when military veteran and hometown hero Will Durham returns and begins his own healing process by helping restore the memory-filled Lacewood house to its former glory.

As Katie delves deeper into the mystery of the beautiful “widow of Lacewood,” her ownership of the acreage around the estate comes into question. When developers begin work to destroy the beautiful rural landscape, the southern charm of New Hope is threatened…and the townsfolk see her as the cause.

But destiny has bigger plans for Lacewood. To fulfill them, Katie and Will need to piece together the previous owner’s heartrending story, uncover secrets the house has held for centuries, and find the faith to accept their own painful pasts.

Part contemporary romance and part Civil War historical romance, Lacewood: A Novel of Time and Place is an unforgettable book club novel about love and loss, roots and belonging…and spirits of the past that refuse to be quieted.

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BookRunes has a FREE suggestion for us. I’ve read one book by this author but cannot remember what it was like. We will try again.

The Missing Bride: Christian Brides Historical Series

The Missing Bride

Amazon quote:

Lily would rather marry a stranger than be forced to marry Edgar Carrington, a cruel ruthless man that fooled everyone but her. She prays God will help her escape and His answer comes in the form of a mail order bride ad. It takes careful planning, but Lily escapes Edgar and travels to Colorado, leaving her life behind – or so she hopes.

Lee Anders is smitten by his new wife. She’s strong yet kindhearted and beautiful. Yet he knows she keeps many secrets. How can they build a life together with so many shadows haunting them from her past? Will his love be enough to keep her in this wild and sometimes uncivilized place, or will she return to the comforts she left behind?

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This has turned out to be a slow day for books, Nothing else new is showing up for us at the moment. We’ll hope tomorrow will be a better day

Currently, I’m starting the last book in a 6 book collection and it’s still a bargain at $1.39. They are short reads as there are only 298 pages in all. Not many pages for six stories. They have turned out to be OK stories. There is a bit of sameness to them all but overall it has been worth the time spent.

Honeysuckle Cove: The Collection: Books 1-6

Honey Suckle Cove collection

Sweet Tea and Summer Dreams ~ With the recent adoption of his niece Lanie, everyone in Honeysuckle Cove seems to have forgotten Colton James’s rowdy past—everyone except Vanessa Pearce. But when their paths unexpectedly cross once again, it’s Colton’s opportunity to prove to her that one shattered wish can lead to a beautiful dream come true.

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Next, I’m trying to decide between

The River Beautiful Andrea Carmen (still a bargain)

The River Beautiful

The River Beautiful mingles history and legend in a fast-paced ride through the deceptively peaceful Allegheny Mountains on a quest for answers amid loss, strength in the face of love, a whirlwind of self-discovery, and learning to use faith to illuminate even the darkest places.

and tonight’s first book Lacewood

Lacewood

I’ll let you know tomorrow which one I picked.

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I won’t be reading all night tonight. Not after spending four hours of intense labor in the flower beds today. I’m digging out old bushes with stubborn roots, making way for nice new ones. A make-over. I’m excited.

Tomorrow will be a writing day, to answer the weekly story challenge a fellow blogger has going on. The prompt is … Wrinkle. I have an idea how to use the word, now I just have to build a story around it. Haven’t started yet. I could be in trouble this time.

In the meantime…

Happy Reading!

Hmmmm… On second thought, maybe I’ll try The Missing Bride next. It looks interesting too.

The Missing Bride

 

 

Free and bargain books May 28, 2020

BookBub has a FREE Thriller suggestion for us today.

Ghost Heart: A Medical Thriller (Agents of Mercy Book 1)

Ghost Heart

Amazon quote:

A mother willing to risk everything for her child.
A surgeon desperate to cover his crimes.
Ripped from today’s headlines comes an unforgettable, chilling medical thriller.

A Carol-award winning finalist!

A brutal murder convinces Dr. Mia Kendall there’s more than she imagined to the mysterious spike in heart transplant rejections. Determined to find answers before she loses another patient, Mia gets sucked into a dangerous international medical web. With time running out for her youngest transplant recipient, Mia is forced to partner with a disillusioned ex-military pilot who flies brokered organs across East Africa. But searching for the truth will prove costly, because there are some lines that should never be crossed.

Dear Reader, (from the authors)

In June, 2008 the Dallas Morning News carried a story on the atrocities committed against albinos in Tanzania. The picture of a terrified albino caught our attention. As we read about the horrors these fragile people face, we couldn’t believe that such evil existed in the world. We did a little investigation and discovered that the genocide of albinos was being carried out simply because of the difference in the color of their skin.

The journey of these characters challenged us, comforted us, and pushed us to live life more courageously. But most of all, writing this story opened our hearts to wanting to do our part to create a world that loves no matter what the color of our skin, education, financial status, or nationality. And reminded us that God’s light truly does shine, even in the darkest places.

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A boxed set with the above author (Lisa Harris) is offered at $0.99. A pre-order price with release date set for October 10th. This was first seen in April and it was added to my TBR pile back then. It’s attractive to me because a number of these authors are on my Favorites list.

Dangerous Deceptions: A Romantic Suspense Boxed Set Collection 

Dangerous Deceptions

Amazon quote:

Lethal Outbreak: Lisa Harris & Lynne Gentry

Virus hunter Aiden Ballinger believes the source of the lethal outbreak that decimated a remote Tibetan village came from disturbing the permafrost. Desperate to rebury it before it buries the world, Aiden enlists Rachel Scott, a beautiful epidemiologist. But while Aiden and Rachel pursue the cure—and their feelings for each other—someone is hunting them. Whoever wants them dead will not stop until they are silenced.

Collision Course: Elizabeth Goddard

His cover blown, FBI Special Agent Reg Jacobson finds refuge on the other side of the country, but trouble follows him when he faces off with a woman from his past. Private Investigator Nicole Weatherly, hired to catch a thief, suspects Reg. When the bullets fly, Reg and Nicole must escape secrets from their pasts before their futures collide.

Glimmer in the Darkness: Robin Patchen

When Cassidy learns another child has been kidnapped from her hometown, she’s convinced the man who took the girl she’d been babysitting seven years earlier is behind the recent abductions. She alone holds the key to finding him. Though James blames Cassidy for his sister’s death, he’ll help if there’s a chance to save a child’s life. Can Cassidy and James identify the serial killer in time to rescue his latest victim?

Expired Plot: Lisa Phillips

A man after justice. A local crime boss. The woman caught between. Undercover FBI agent Will Briar is working his way to the top of an illegal operation. But when he discovers the identity of the boss, everything changes. Hollis knows nothing is as it seems. Now she must either save her father and doom herself, or take a chance on the man who could be the answer…to everything.

Ice: Lynnette Bonner

Camryn Hunt witnessed a murder. Now she’s in the protective custody of handsome sheriff Holden Parker. The small-town life might be pleasant if the sheriff wasn’t so demanding. Determined that no harm come to Camryn, Holden secludes her at his fishing cabin. He wishes she wasn’t so intriguing. He must not divide his focus. Especially when a local busybody discovers Camryn!

Never A Traitor: Jan Thompson

The last thing Private Investigator Earl Young expects is to pose as a fake boyfriend to a whistleblower. His driving need to solve problems forces him to work with paranoid Sienna Halstead as she draws him deeper into her corporate world of secrets and subterfuge. The more time they spend together, the more attraction grows. When another whistleblower is murdered, Sienna knows she’s next. How far will Earl go to protect her?

Ben in Love: Luana Ehrlich

Is CIA operative Ben Mitchell really in love with the daughter of a Turkish dissident? Titus Ray, his mentor, isn’t buying it; he thinks Ben needs intel on a Muslim cleric. But when Titus follows Ben to northern Virginia, he discovers Ben’s deception is more dangerous than he thought. With their lives on the line, can Titus convince Ben to abandon his plans before it’s too late?

Liar Like Her: D.L. Wood

When disbarred attorney Quinn Bello discovers a body that inexplicably vanishes, no one in her seaside town believes her—no one, that is, except newcomer Ian Wolfe, who for his own mysterious reasons doesn’t hold Quinn’s past against her. Together they search for the truth, but doubts about Quinn’s sanity and innocence increase as the danger escalates. Will they expose the heart of the deception before Quinn becomes the next victim?

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On a lighter note – a bargain suggestion offered several months ago. $1.39

Honeysuckle Cove: The Collection: Books 1-6

Honey Suckle Cove collection

Amazon quote:

Enjoy the first six books in the Honeysuckle Cove series, all in one collection.

Now is the perfect time to take a mini-vacation to the cozy town of Honeysuckle Cove, where romance two-steps with a hint of mystery…

Sunrise at Honeysuckle Cove ~ Dylan O’ Connor’s handyman skills will be put to the test when it comes to rebuilding the bridge between Maggie’s heart and his, and designing a future…together.

Beyond the Storm ~ Nick Jones is skilled at extinguishing fires, so he doesn’t count on kindling the flames with lifelong friend Ava Kennedy.

Honeysuckle Cove Secrets ~ When the paths of childhood friends Luke and Peyton cross, he must make a choice—bare his heart and face the consequences of a past mistake, or allow the only woman he’s ever loved to slip away.

Showered by Love ~ Rogan Brooks insists he’s not daddy material…until he sees the glow of pregnancy and the promise of a future in Jessica Marlin’s eyes. Can Rogan assure Jessica that his heart is true and he’s committed to being a daddy—complete with a happily ever after—for keeps?

Moonlight Kisses ~ Holt McCaffrey has finally gotten his wish from a long-ago moonlit night when he shared a sweet kiss with Jaylie Caldwell—she has returned home. But will the terms of her homecoming leave any room for forgiveness…or for him?

Sweet Tea and Summer Dreams ~ With the recent adoption of his niece Lanie, everyone in Honeysuckle Cove seems to have forgotten Colton James’s rowdy past—everyone except Vanessa Pearce. But when their paths unexpectedly cross once again, it’s Colton’s opportunity to prove to her that one shattered wish can lead to a beautiful dream come true.

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On the currently reading topic – I’m between books and looking at this one from yesterday as a possibility. It’s still a bargain at $1.39

Expired Refuge (Last Chance County Book 1)

Expired Refuge

Amazon quote:

Mia Tathers is an ATF Special Agent. It’s not like she needs Conroy to protect her. However, when it becomes clear someone is recreating her biggest mistake, Mia has to face her own inability to forgive Conroy for what he took from her. It’s the only way she’ll stay alive.

In this town, Police Lieutenant Conroy Barnes is the one who fixes problems. When a blast from the past shows up, bringing danger with her, he vows to keep her safe. But the clock has expired on her refuge. Death is knocking, and Conroy is determined not to let it in.

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Thriller seems to be the theme today. Not a light topic that’s for sure. I don’t know about you but I’ve read a few romance books in a row recently and a change of pace may be a good thing right about now.

Happy Reading!

….. on this cloudy, hot chocolate kind of day. Hmmm. Now that I mention it, that sounds like a good idea!

Free books May 25, 2020

BookBub has a FREE suggestion for us.

Love’s Healing Power (New Beginnings Book 1)

Love's Healing Power

Amazon quote:

Tess Morgan loves being a pediatric nurse and helping the children under her care. She’d always wanted a large family, but that dream was shattered when her fiancé was murdered while volunteering in South America.
Peter “Mac” MacPherson, a former football superstar, had dealt with his own tragedies—the deaths of his father followed by his wife while she was giving birth to their daughter. His faith sustained him through his grief, but can he help Tess believe again in God and finally find a family—with him?

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LPC Books has a few FREE suggestions for us

The Secret Heir: David has a secret…and a dangerous love.

The Secret Heir

Amazon quote:

Years before, he was anointed future king of Israel. Now if the sitting king learns of his secret, it will mean death for David and everyone in his family. David’s secret destiny becomes more complicated when he falls in love with King Saul’s daughter, Michal. He will do whatever it takes to secure her heart, provided she doesn’t find out that David is the rumored rival to her father’s throne.

Now that Michal is of age, the Queen determines her daughter must be married as soon as possible. Michal resigns herself to a pre-arranged marriage with a man she does not love. Then by fate or God’s providence she meets the handsome, young lyre player standing outside her father’s chambers.

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A Million Miles From Home  also FREE

A Million Miles From Home

Amazon quote:

Ben and Annie Flurry have the perfect family, until an accident takes Annie’s life and leaves their daughter severely injured. Now Ben struggles to come to terms with his own grief and guilt.

As the past he tried to leave behind threatens all he holds dear, Ben makes the difficult decision to move back to his childhood home to seek the help of his mother — and the father he remembers as abusive and an alcoholic. His mother claims his father is a changed man, but Ben isn’t so sure. Can he find the strength to be the dad and man his father never was? Or will the wounds of the past ruin Ben’s chance to love again?

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Return to Walhalla   FREE

Return to Walhalla

Amazon quote:

When financier Penny Ruskin returns to Walhalla, South Carolina, she has one purpose—to settle her grandmother’s estate and sell the Victorian house she grew up in. Not an easy task with the downturned economy. When she loses her job in the state capital, what other choice does she have but to stay in Walhalla until she finds work? She can only hope it won’t take long.

Walhalla is Tommy McAllister’s life. Between his family’s feed-and-seed store and the bank he’s vice president of, he’s stretched thin trying to survive the recession. But when a girl he hasn’t seen since high school breezes back into town, he’s ready to push himself even further to help her feel at home—and convince her to stay. He reaches out to Penny, but the last thing she wants is to be trapped in a small town that holds painful memories—one dark secret in particular.

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The Gathering Storm: (When Darkness Falls Book 1)   FREE

The Gathering Storm

Amazon quote:

Stephanie Walker lives a peaceful life until her undependable and dishonest father, Marty Walker, suddenly arrives at her home pleading with Stephanie to come with him to his Harrington Lodge in the beautiful Ozarks. Stephanie, suspicious of her father’s motives, declines her father’s invitation.

After his departure, Stephanie discovers the diamond necklace she borrowed from her aunt is missing. Racing through a raging thunderstorm, Stephanie drives to the lodge to reclaim the stolen item.

But when she arrives, Stephanie finds her father dead, her aunt’s diamond necklace gone, and a pair of handcuffs fitted just for her. Stephanie’s claims of innocence fail to sway the local sheriff, who produces several pieces of evidence linking her to the murder. With a shaky alibi and a vindictive stepmother, Stephanie turns to a lodge employee for help. But will Brad Wilson’s assistance lead Stephanie to the real killer or prove to be her undoing? Like a gathering storm on a warm summer evening, Stephanie’s world darkens until she’s forced to turn to the one true source of knowledge. But what she learns about her father, family, and her own inner demons are more horrifying than the lies she’s come to believe.

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Enjoy!

I’m currently reading & enjoying this collection, it’s still a bargain at $1.39.

Baxter Family Bakery: The Complete Collection (Arcadia Valley Romance)

Baxter Family Bakery

Amazon quote:

Loaves & Wishes: Inheriting her friend’s Bed and Breakfast in Idaho is a second chance to succeed, but falling for the farmer next door wasn’t in the plan.

Muffins & Moonbeams: Past hurts and insecurity mean they both prefer the background, but a chance at love shines a light too bright to escape.

Cookies & Candlelight: Micah Baxter has enjoyed the year he’s worked in his family’s bakery in Arcadia Valley, even if his siblings are all finding love, leaving him the odd man out. When Micah delivers the cookies Serena ordered for an event at her pottery studio, the attraction between them is hard to deny. But so are their differences. What will it take for a former starlet to find love with an average Joe?

Donuts & Daydreams: Police officer Gloria Sinclair had her life in order until Jonah Baxter moved to Arcadia Valley. Now their friendship has sparked feelings that threaten her tightly-guarded secret. Can Jonah learn to see beyond her devastating revelation, or will they be stuck with a relationship made of donuts and daydreams?

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Happy Reading!

 

 

 

Free and bargain books May 23, 2020

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion for us. This is an author new to me. The first chapter is intriguing and I look forward to experiencing the rest of the story.

Never Say Goodbye

Never say goodbye

Amazon quote:

Tyler Collens has seen grief and loss in his years of experience as a paramedic—but he never expected it to touch his life in such a personal way. The death of his wife eighteen months ago shook his steady world and changed him in more ways than he can count. Time and routine have steadied his feet, and he looks toward the future as he raises his infant daughter—but the past has a tighter grip on him than he knows.

Alyvia Emmerson has never been certain of who she is or where she belongs. Her dad’s abandonment as a teen broke a fragile piece of her heart, but ten years later, she has moved on. Living on her own, she at last has a project to devote herself to: revitalizing a shabby bookstore. But she didn’t count on her dream job revealing the shattered pieces of herself she thought mended long ago.

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BookBub has a bargain suggestion for us. One from my 2015 read-and-enjoyed list. I can still remember this read but after checking out the enticing first bit, I think I need to read it again. $1.38 CDN

His Baby Bond : Sacred Bond Series Book 1

His Baby Bond

Amazon quote:

Poor-but-proud Kendra Forrester doesn’t need an arrogant billionaire to tell her how to raise her sister’s baby. But when handsome Zeke King arrives at her Colorado cabin demanding custody of his brother’s child, strategy dictates that she let him stick around.

Battling mountain snowstorms and the baby’s illness brings these two opposites together, but their own insecurities, their dead siblings’ secrets, and a jealous former boyfriend threaten their tentative bond.

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I’ve just started a good looking book which, unfortunately, has gone back to  regular price. Another Dan Walsh book is still a bargain though. When Night Comes (Jack Turner Suspense Series Book 1)

I’m currently hooked on  If These Walls Could Talk (Joe Boyd Suspense Series Book 1) 

When Night ComesIf these Walls Could Talk

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I see Dan Walsh has a No -Fiction bargain book, one that may offer us encouragement in the difficult days we are facing. I’ve not read it yet, but a little peace would be welcome.

Perfect Peace: in Imperfect Times ($1.39)

Perfect Peace

Amazon quote:

Dan Walsh, bestselling fiction author of novels like The Unfinished Gift and The Reunion, has penned his first non-fiction book. Perfect Peace is a 31-Day Devotional crafted from the pages of Dan’s personal journal, written over the last several years.

Here’s an excerpt from Day 2: “If you’re like me, you’ve known moments of real peace. Moments when you’ve trusted God fully for your life, for everything going on in your life. In those moments, you knew real peace. The problem is, the word ‘moments.’ The moments didn’t last. The promise of Isaiah 26:3 is not to have moments of peace in our lives. The promise is that God would keep us in Perfect Peace.”

In Perfect Peace, Dan shares the Scriptural life-lessons he’s learned during some of the more challenging times in his life, hoping to encourage other Christians wrestling with things like stress, worry or fear.

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We’ll finish off this list with something a little lighter. a bargain ($1.40)

Deadman’s Float (Crime à la Mode Mysteries Book 1)

Dead Man's Float

Amazon quote:

It all started with a runaway dog.

Meet Serena Lavinia: part-time ice cream truck driver, part-time reporter, and full-time woman of mystery. She never expected to find a cute little terrier while on her morning ice cream route on the island of Lantern Beach. 

Nor did she expect the dog to be carrying a bloody shoe.

When a dead body is discovered floating in a nearby pool, Serena becomes fully immersed in her very own who-done-it. But her investigation hits a snag when a new foe arrives in town. Webster Newsome has been appointed the town’s new newspaper editor—a job Serena wanted—and the man is entirely too bossy.

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Happy reading! …

… on this cloudy but warm spring day.

They say we could get rain and possible thunder storms sometime today. We do get awesome thunder storms in this area. If it’s a good one maybe I will share a bit of it with you. Share the fun. It’s not quite hot enough today to produce spectacular but you never know. 🙂

Free and bargain books May 22, 2020

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion for us from one of my favorite authors. We’ve seen this book offered a time or two and we’re happy to see it again.

The Demise (A Braxton Mystery Book 1)

The Demise

Amazon quote:

Tiny Braxton, Tennessee, is a quiet, tight-knit community wrapped around an old town square just a stone’s throw from Nashville. But when the town’s most prominent citizen is found dead at the base of its water tower, news of Peter Lanham’s apparent suicide roars through town like a massive tsunami.

Peter, the handsome, beloved CEO of Lanham’s Fine Foods, had taken a small, family-owned grocery store founded in 1927, and grew it into a successful national chain. With most of Braxton’s residents employed by Lanham’s corporate headquarters, word of Peter’s demise left them searching for answers. What could possibly have made him take a swan dive off that tower?

Julie Parker is convinced he didn’t. As receptionist at Lanham’s executive office suite, she’s determined to find out what really happened to her boss. An aspiring actor who also stars as “The Lanham Girl” in the company’s TV commercials, Julie prides herself on her perceptive observations and people-skills. Who better to find out what happened to Peter up on that water tower?

Matt Bryson, on assignment as a rookie Special Agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, isn’t about to let the attractive receptionist intrude on his first case. She may be a hometown insider, but he’s perfectly capable of solving the case without “Miss Marple” screwing up his investigation.

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BookBub has a bargain suggestion. $0.99. From the Life Begins at Forty series

Cherish Me: (Chapel Cove Romances Book 3)

Cherish Me

Amazon quote:

When her beloved aunt’s sudden illness sends Nai back to Chapel Cove to manage the town’s bookstore, her successful, independent, organized life in Texas seems a million miles away. Between a book-hoarding aunt, a leaky roof, unruly pets, wobbly faith, and flaky bookstore staff, the last thing she wants is to have to rely on local cop Mateo Rodriguez for help. Not when he’s the guy who broke her heart, convincing her to focus on her career, not romance.

Mateo, returned to the Cove to help his aging grandfather, never forgot his first love Nai or the one sweet kiss at sixteen that sent her running. Normally confident and capable, being around each other shoots them both back into their teenage shyness and insecurity.

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A FREE book in the series mentioned above, showing up in Amazon suggestions. Written by another author we see here often.

Love Me: (Chapel Cove Romances Book 2)

Love me

Amazon quote:

Growing up, Kristina Vela never imagined she’d meet her fortieth birthday divorced by her cheating, manipulative husband, without a house, degree, or career. Back in her hometown, Chapel Cove, to start anew, she’s given up on men. Then she meets grieving widower Greg Matthews and his adorable five-year-old daughter.

Former snowboarder Greg Matthews is moving to Chapel Cove so his daughter can be close to her grandparents. After his wife died, his heart closed to romance. As caring and compassionate Kristina helps him repair his house and his life, he might be falling for her. But if she decides to leave, will he survive a second heartbreak?

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I’m currently reading and enjoying …

The Forgiving Hour: A Novel

The Forgiving Hour

Amazon quote:

Twelve years ago, Claire Porter thought her entire life was over when she learned that her husband, Dave, was having an affair with a young college student. Following their divorce, Claire started over, including changing back to her maiden name of Conway.

Claire now feels pretty good about her accomplishments. She has raised a wonderful son, Dakota; enjoys her work; and finally has a new love. When Dakota informs her that he is engaged, she looks forward to meeting his fiancée, even as she wonders if 31-year-old Sara Jennings is too old for her “little” six-foot-plus boy.

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My blogger friend peckapalooza, The Confusing Middle has issued another one word story challenge.

Signal.

It will be a challenge alright. I have a foggy idea but that’s about it so far. At least I haven’t given up quite yet. 🙂

In the meantime…

Happy Reading!

Free books May 21, 2020

Browsing shows us a FREE fun read, one previously read-and-enjoyed and shared here again recently. It’s worth another look.

In Between (A Katie Parker Production, Book 1)

In Between

Amazon quote:

When the case worker drops Katie Parker off at her new foster parents’ home, Katie knows she’s not staying. In the time it takes to unpack her suitcase, she’s launched a full-scale mission to get sent back to the girls’ home. Live with a pastor and his wife? No, thank you. When phase two of the plan backfires and gets Katie in big trouble, her punishment lands her in a local production of Romeo and Juliet. What does she know about acting? But when she steps into the spotlight, Katie will find more than applause waiting for her on that old, weathered stage.

While Katie slowly adjusts to life with her foster parents, she’ll realize she’s not the only one with a troubled past. Her new family is hiding something, and Katie will do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of it. Even if that means hanging out with her insane foster grandma, Mad Maxine. If this old lady’s shenanigans don’t get them both thrown in jail, surely Katie will live to uncover the Scott family secrets.

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BookBub has a FREE suggestion for us today.

Second Chance Ranch: (Three Rivers Ranch Romance Book 1)

Second Chance Ranch

Amazon quote:

After his deployment, injured and discharged Major Squire Ackerman returns to Three Rivers Ranch, anxious to prove himself capable of running the cattle operation so his parents can retire. Things would be easier if the ranch wasn’t missing 1.6 million dollars, which forces Squire to hire Kelly, the girl who rejected his high school prom invitation, as his accountant.

She’s back in town with her four-year-old son, living in her parent’s basement until she can get her life back together. With fresh ink on her divorce papers and open gashes on her heart, she’s not ready for much beyond her new job on the ranch.

Squire wants to forgive Kelly for ignoring him a decade ago. He’d like to provide the stable life she needs, but with old wounds opening and a ranch on the brink of financial collapse, it will take patience and faith to make their second chance possible.

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I know this FREE one has been mentioned recently but it’s a slow day for new suggestions so we’ll go with it. I liked this book.

The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass and Steele Book 1)

The Watchmaker's daughter

Amazon quote:

India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who’ll accept her – an enigmatic and mysterious man from America. A man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he’s ill.

Matthew Glass must find a particular watchmaker, but he won’t tell India why any old one won’t do. Nor will he tell her what he does back home, and how he can afford to stay in a house in one of London’s best streets. So when she reads about an American outlaw known as the Dark Rider arriving in England, she suspects Mr. Glass is the fugitive. When danger comes to their door, she’s certain of it. But if she notifies the authorities, she’ll find herself unemployed and homeless again – and she will have betrayed the man who saved her life.

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There are two books in my currently reading queue. I’m bouncing back and forth between them, still trying to decide if I’m feeling attraction. Indecision is not necessarily a good sign. They are both still FREE. Try them out to see what you think.

MacMail Order Bride 4 boook Box Set

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Happy Reading

..on this cloudy but warm spring day. The weather forecast promises a high of 26 c again this afternoon. With the nice days we’ve had this week the growth of new tree leaves is noticeable. Everything here sprouts at alarming rates in this kind of weather and I’m not sad to see it. Well, except for the weeds.

Warm feels good.

Free and bargain books May 18, 2020

BookBub has a FREE suggestion

The Forgiving Hour: A Novel

The Forgiving Hour

Amazon quote:

Twelve years ago, Claire Porter thought her entire life was over when she learned that her husband, Dave, was having an affair with a young college student. Following their divorce, Claire started over, including changing back to her maiden name of Conway.

Claire now feels pretty good about her accomplishments. She has raised a wonderful son, Dakota; enjoys her work; and finally has a new love. When Dakota informs her that he is engaged, she looks forward to meeting his fiancée, even as she wonders if 31-year-old Sara Jennings is too old for her “little” six-foot-plus boy.

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LPC Books has a FREE suggestion from an author I’ve not read before.

The Last Summer

The Last Summer

Amazon quote:

For twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake-house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for these seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with changes for everyone.

Sara’s longtime crush, Luke, has been her best friend for as long as she has been a part of the group. When Luke begins seriously dating another of their friends, Sara’s forced to deal with her hurt and jealousy, while outwardly try to support them both.

While Sara comes to terms with her own heart and her friends’ relationships, an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina and an old flame are thrown into the mix. Knowing her heart suddenly becomes much more complicated.

But as time unfolds and friendships begin to unravel, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change does to old friendships and new love interests.

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A second FREE suggestion from LPC Books showed up fro me a year ago.

Fatal Transaction

Fatal Attraction

Amazon quote:

Sara, an expert computer hacker, knows better than to trust anyone—certainly not the powerful and crooked business mogul for whom she works. But there is no future for the life of a thief. Determined to find a way out, Sara devises a scheme to double-cross her employer and steal millions through one final fatal transaction.

Desperate and on the run, she finds temporary sanctuary with the mysterious Derry Conway. As the FBI closes in and her former associates seek revenge, Sara tries to escape but finds all avenues blocked. Trapped, she sees only one road out—Derry must take the fall and pay for her crimes. But will it work? Is her freedom more important than the life of an innocent man? Or will Sara make the ultimate sacrifice to save those she cares about?

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Another FREE suggestion from last fall.

Lord of Her Heart

Lord of Her Heart

Amazon quote:

Lady Jocelyn Ashburne suspects something is amiss at her family’s castle because her father ceases to write to her. When she overhears a plot to force her into vows—either to the church or a husband—she disguises herself and flees the convent in desperation to discover the truth.

Malcolm Castillon of Berkham is determined to win the next tournament and be granted a manor of his own. After years of proving his worth on the jousting field, he yearns for a life of peace. Rescuing a scrawny lad who turns out to be a beautiful woman is not what he bargained for. Still, he cannot deny that she stirs his heart like no other, in spite of her conniving ways.

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The book I’m currently reading is still a bargain at $1.24

Lighten Up (Body and Soul Series Book 1)

Lighten up

Amazon quote:

Bethany Light is the daughter of a minister who can’t forgive her father for running off with the church secretary. She goes to her own pastor for counsel, never expecting to fall in love with him. To make matters worse, she’s personal training his fiancé in preparation for the big day and somehow ends up in their wedding.
Refusing to make the same mistake her dad made, Bethany tries to focus on fixing her family rather than face her own issues. How could a household that used to have it all together have fallen so far from grace? And how can she keep from following in her father’s footsteps when it feels so right?

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Happy Reading y’all!