Buckhead Dead Review

Book Information

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Skye Southerland and Honey Truelove have just finished an interior design job for Sylvia Landmark, one of Buckhead’s most eccentric characters, and their designs are to die for. After a celebration at Sylvia’s home where they reveal the new décor, including a desk with a possible link to the pirate Blackbeard, Sylvia turns up dead, leaving the ladies wondering if this desk is worth more than they bargained for. Skye and Honey are now suspects in the murder of a woman who had few friends, and plenty of possible enemies. In an attempt to clear their names, Skye, Honey, and Honey’s loveable cousin Ginger embark on a journey to find the real killer, figure out the real history behind the desk, and clear their names before they end up going to jail, or even worse becoming the next victims! With plenty of warnings from Skye’s husband Mitch, and the ruggedly handsome Detective Montaine assigned to Sylvia’s case, these girls still manage to get right in the middle of the investigation, while having time to enjoy all that Georgia has to offer.

My Two Cents

Buckhead Dead is a cozy mystery that you must add to your TBR list. A fast moving plot and quirky characters make it a fun and easy read. I was engaged the entire time.

I love the characters in Buckhead Dead. Skye and her friends support each other, care about each other, and get each other into some pretty funny situations. There were times that I wanted to be a part of their friendships.

The mystery was intriguing and added to the plot. Buckhead Dead was easy to follow and had a few surprises. I give Buckhead Dead 4 out of 5 stars. If you like fun mysteries with humor, this is a book you don’t want to miss. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Thank you to CelebrateLit and Deborah Malone for a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

Deborah Malone’s first novel Death in Dahlonega, finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Category Five writing contest! Deborah was nominated for 2011 and 2012 Georgia Author of the Year in Novel category. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, for the historic magazine “Georgia Backroads” since 2001. She has had many articles and photographs published, and her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails,” edited by Olin Jackson, as well as the “Christian Communicator.” She is a member of the Georgia Writer’s Association, Advanced Writers and Speaker’s Association and the American Christian Fiction Writers.

Giveaway

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Guest Post From Deborah Malone

My Journey to Publication

Pack your suitcase and come take a little journey with me. Let’s start at the beginning. I believe I came out of the womb with a book in my hands. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love to read. I can still remember the smell of the library in my elementary school. I don’t know if it was dust or mildew, but I associated it with books. I loved that smell!

When I got a little older my friend introduced me to the library downtown. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Book heaven that is! I think I read every mystery in the young adult section. I know many of you will remember Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon (then there will be others scratching your head). My main character, Trixie, in the Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery Series is named after Trixie Beldon.

When I was growing up my mother had severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and required a lot of help from me. I would read my books to take me away from all the responsibility for a while. Looking back I believe my mother realized how important books were to me because she always made sure I had plenty to read.

I married at nineteen and had two girls over the next few years. My youngest daughter became very ill leaving her seriously disabled and requiring around the clock care. So I stayed busy raising my girls. In 1999 I went through a divorce and Niki and I moved in with my dad. I would take care of both of them for the next 10 years until my dad moved into assisted living. During those years I started writing, and this like reading would take me away from the tremendous responsibility for a little while. I worked on my first book off and on for the next ten years.

Then one day I learned about the on-line writer’s group, American Christian Fiction Writers. I knew I wanted to write my book as Christian fiction, but didn’t know how. I learned everything I could about the craft of writing (and still learning) and rewrote my first book, Death in Dahlonega, as a Christian cozy. This doesn’t mean that it is a preachy or judgmental book, but one that is just good clean fun. I hope I can make my readers laugh a little and take them away from their stress for a minute.

My first book, Death in Dahlonega, was published in 2011 by Lamp Post Publishing of California. There are now four books in the Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery Series. My latest book is, Buckhead Dead, the first book in the new series, Skye Southerland Cozy Mystery Series. I am working on the second book in the series, Decatur Dead. One thing that is unique about my books is that even though they are fiction all of the settings are real. If you knew the area you’d recognize the buildings, roads, restaurants, etc. But you don’t have to be familiar with the area to enjoy the book. It is just icing on the cake.

A fun thing about my book, Buckhead Dead, (an affluent suburb of Atlanta) is that one of the main characters, Honey Truelove, wears Merle Norman Romance Red Lipstick. I had a book signing the other day at a nearby Merle Norman and we had a ball. It was like having a great big girl party. I’ve had a lot of good feedback from those that have read, Buckhead Dead. I am now wearing Honey’s signature color, Romance Red, and really like it. I didn’t think I could wear red lipstick, but I’ve had a lot of compliments on it.

I’m looking forward to finishing the next two books in the series to see what kind of adventures the girls, Skye, Honey and Ginger take us on. I hope that you will take that journey with them, too, and that you’ve enjoyed going on a little journey down memory lane with me.

Blog Stops

March 29: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

March 30: Our Perfectly Imperfect Life

March 31: Just Commonly

April 1: ArtisticNobody

April 2: Through The Open Window

April 3: Mary Hake

April 3: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

April 4: Bigreadersite

April 5: Daysong Reflections

April 5: Cassandra M’s Place

April 6: Lights in a Dark World

April 7: Bukwurmzzz

April 7: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

April 8: Red Headed Book Lady

April 8: Texas Book-aholic

April 9: For the Love of Books

April 10: Reader’s Cozy Corner

April 11: Books! Books! Books!

New Beginnings Review

New Beginnings by Pamela Jo is a 95 page novel in the Christian Amish genre. It is published by BHG Publishing and was released on December 22, 2015. To purchase your copy from Amazon, click here.

About the Book

Upon her return from her best friend Charlie’s wedding, Victoria found that the beautiful city of Chicago had never seemed emptier and neither had her soul. She realized she was surrounded by all the people in the world and she still felt lonely. Deciding to take her friend Charlie’s advice and make a change in her life, she packed her bags and moved to the west coast of Florida. Little did she know that the young Amish girl that she met on the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico would begin a spiral of emotional changes for both of them.

My Two Cents

I must say that I love the way Pamela wrote Victoria and her personal journey throughout this book. I do however, feel that for me personally, the story was a bit slow at times. That being said, I cannot say enough about how great the writing of Victoria’s character was. Pamela Jo did a wonderful job making her feel real. She reacted like how I would expect someone with her thought process to react. I love it when authors make realistic characters.

I give this book a four out of five stars. Again, I love the character development in this story!

Thank you to Pamela Jo and CelebrateLit for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

Author Pamela Jo, best known as “Whoopie Pie Pam”, is the author of several wonderful story/cookbooks, and the best-selling co-author of the #1 Best Selling series, The Divine Secrets of the Whoopie Pie Sisters. She is also the founder and creator of the Whoopie Pie Book Club, a well know social media site.

While battling Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma, Pam created the Whoopie Pie Book Club. For years, she called a group of ladies in her family by that same name. Every year, they travelled to Amish Country for a retreat of reading Amish fiction, seeing the Amish sights and eating plenty of Whoopie Pies.

Inspired by the Amish for their simplicity in facing life, love of God, and honor for family, Pamela found a connection with the Amish. As a result of her many years of traveling and conducting business with the Amish, she has established close friendships with many Amish families, friendships that she cherishes. She refers to them as her extended family.

Contact the author at:

Email: pamelajo@BHGPublishing.com

http://whoopiepieplace.com

www.facebook.com/whoopiepiepam

Giveaway

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Blog Tour Stops

March 4: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

March 5: Christian Bookaholic

March 6: Bukwurmzzz

March 6: Splashes of Joy

March 7: Mary Hake

March 8: Quiet Quilter

March 9: The Power of Words

March 10: ArtisticNobody

March 11: Debbie’ Dusty Deliberations

March 12: Simple Harvest Reads

March 13: A Greater Yes

March 14: Singing Librarian Books

March 15: Texas Book-aholic

March 16: Cassandra M’s Place

The Master’s Calling Review

The Master’s Calling by Amber Schamel is a 232 page book in the Biblical fiction genre. It is the third book in the Days of Messiah series. The Master’s Calling was published by Vision Writer Publications and was released on Nov 2, 2015. To purchase your copy, click here.

About the Book

After generations of waiting, the Messiah has come at last. And not a day too soon. All his life, Malon Ben-Tyrus has been stifled beneath Roman laws and religious traditions, and he longs to be free. The oppression of the Romans worsens every day, and the religious system led by the Scribes and Pharisees has grown corrupt.

Malon believes his life calling is to become a disciple of the Messiah and help free Israel from bondage. When Jesus heads to Jerusalem for the Passover feast, Malon knows this will be a historic event. Jesus will enter the city as the Son of David and take His place as the Messiah of Israel. He longs to follow Jesus to Jerusalem, but his family won’t allow him to go.

When at last his family consents, Malon arrives in Jerusalem only to discover that he is too late. The man he thought to be the Messiah has
been crucified,and Barabbas—his greatest enemy—has been set free.

Appalled by the cowardice of Jesus’ disciples, Malon returns home seething with frustration and despair. Everything he believed he was destined to become died with Jesus. Was he wrong about his destiny?

My Two Cents

This was such a good book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Malon’s journey from start to finish. Malon’s love for his family was something that touched my heart as I read this. I found myself cheering for Malon on several occasions. It was inspiring to read about Malon’s struggle with this faith and how he handled that. Amber did a great job writing this book. I would highly recommend this book to everyone!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! This book was such a joy to read!

Thank you to Amber Schamel and Celebrate Lit for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

Multi-published author Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call “historical fiction at its finest”. A homeschool graduate from a family of 12 children, Amber found her calling early in life. First published at age 21, she has continued to hone her craft and is now the author of over half a dozen books. Between ministry, family and working in their family-owned businesses, Amber loves to connect with readers. Find her on the Stitches Thru Time blog, or on any of the major social media sites. Amber is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Historical Novel Society.

Follow Amber: http://amberschamel.com/ Blog: http://www.stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAmberSchamel Twitter: @AmberSchamel Pintrest – http://pinterest.com/AmberDSchamel/ Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7073165.Amber_Schamel

Blog Tour Stops

Feb 10: Mary Hake

Feb 11: Red Headed Book Lady

Feb 12: A Greater Yes

Feb 13: Bigreadersite

Feb 14: Simple Harvest Reads

Feb 15: Artistic Nobody

Feb 16: Cassandra M’s Place

Feb 17: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

Feb 18: Bukwurmzzz

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Grace’s Forgiveness Review

Grace’s Forgiveness by Molly Jebber is a 320 page novel in the Christian Amish genre. It is published by Kinsignton Publishing Corp and was released on Jan 26, 2016. To purchase your copy, click here.

About the Book

A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at happiness—but their love will need all their courage to keep . . .

Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community. His helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town . . .

Grace can well understand why Mark took such a risk once she hears his wrenching reasons. But she fears even prayer will not convince her father to restore his blessing on their union. She wills herself to face the end of her dreams, but sudden danger and an impossible act of generosity will show her that abiding hope can inspire the most precious of miracles . . .

My Two Cents

Grace’s Forgiveness was such a cute story! I loved watching the interactions between Mark and Grace; their relationship was absolutely adorable. This story is full of lessons for readers: forgiveness, love, and friendship. For readers who love Amish books, this story should be on your list to read. Molly Jebber did a beautiful job writing this novel and I would highly recommend it to other readers!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Grace’s story is a beautiful one that was a joy to read.

A special thanks to Molly Jebber and Celebrate Lit for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

Molly Jebber is an educational, motivational, and Women’s Christian Connection speaker. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would’ve missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities. Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who’ve been encouraging and supportive.

Blog Tour Stops

Jan 26: Cheryl’s Book Blog

Jan 27: Texas Book-aholic

Jan 28: Rockin My Mom Jeans

Jan 29: Book Bites, Bee Stings & Buttergly Kisses

Jan 29: Bukwurmzzz

Jan 30: Quiet Quilter

Jan 31: The Power of Words

Feb 1: Our Perfectly Imperfect Life

Feb 1: Cassandra M’s Place

Feb 2: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberation

Feb 3: Just Commonly

Feb 4: Big Reader’s Site

Feb 4: Artistic Nobody

Feb 5: Seasons of Opportunity

Feb 6: Through the Open Window

Feb 7: A Greater Yes

Feb 7: Simple Harvest Reads

Feb 7: Reader’s Cozy Corner

Feb 8: Jeannette’s Thoughts

Feb 8: Splashes of Joy

Feb 9: Red Headed Book Lady

Giveaway

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After the Rain Review

After the Rain is a 570 page novel in the Christian historical fiction genre and was released on September 29, 2015. Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Book

He becomes the love of her life. She becomes his biggest challenge.

It’s 1908, a year in the Edwardian Age, the year J.M. Barrie’s play What Every Woman Knows, premiered in Atlantic City and the first Model T rolled off the assembly line in Detroit. It is a year when the world faced one of its worst disasters in history, when the New Year would heal the wounds of loss. Louisa Borden lives a privileged life in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a new and thriving community on the outskirts of Washington, DC for the well-to-do. Against the wishes of her domineering grandmother, she retreats from the prospects of a loveless marriage and instead searches for what she hopes is her calling in life.

When her horse is spooked along Rock Creek, she is thrown from the saddle—an embarrassing situation for any affluent young lady. Soaking wet, bruised and humiliated, she is carried up the muddy bank to safety by Jackson O’Neil, a stranger to the city, who changes the course of everything, including the lives of all those around her.

My Two Cents

The one thing that really stood out to me in this book was the bond of family. Rita did a great job writing the O’Neil family. From the start of the book I was captivated by this family as the events of this novel unfolded. My heart went out to the family that I was reading about. There were times that I did find this book to be little slow and confusing, but other than that, I loved this book! I would give this book 4 out of five stars. This was a really good book, and I would recommend it!

About the Author

Rita Gerlach is a best-selling author of inspirational fiction with a romantic bent, including The Rebel’s Pledge, Thorns in Eden and The Everlasting Mountains, Surrender the Wind, and The Daughters of the Potomac Series. She lives in Maryland near the Catoctin Mountains with her husband Paul.

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Friends and Enemies Book Review

Friends and Enemies is a 425 page novel in the Christian historical fiction genre. It is published by Hope Spring Books and was released on Jan 5, 2015. To purchase your copy, click here.

About the Book

Widowed seamstress Heidi Wetzel finds new meaning in life by caring for evacuated children on a farm in war-torn western Germany. Never a supporter of National Socialism, she takes pleasure in passive resistance, but must exercise caution around neighbors who delight in reporting to the Gestapo. Having lived in the United States, she wonders about her friend Rachel.

Flying cadet Paul Braedel’s wife dies while he trains for the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following bereavement leave, he joins a navigation class. He’s lost his zest for life and heads to England, not caring if he lives or dies.

When he and his crew are shot down over Germany, he evades capture and, for the first time since Rachel’s death, hears the voice of God whisper guidance. “Find Heidi.”

Heidi meets a man she recognizes from her high school days in America. Aiding a downed airman is punishable by execution, but she agrees to help. Then they’re betrayed.

My Two Cents

I absolutely love this book! From the very beginning I was drawn into Heidi’s and Paul’s world. This is a beautiful story about faith, love, and the bonds you forge with those you care about. I loved reading about Heidi and her journey during World War II. Heidi’s rough journey was a real inspiration to me and I learned a valuable lesson from her story. I would highly recommend this book to those who love historical fiction!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. This is one of the best historical fiction books I’ve read in a long time!

Thank you to Chalfont House, Terri Wangard, and CelebrateLit for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.
Connect with Terri: www.terriwangard.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorTerriWangard
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/terriwangard/

Giveaway

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War for the Waking World Review

War for the Waking World Review

War for the Waking World by Wayne Thomas Baston is a 288 page novel in the Young Adult Christian Fantasy genre. It is published by Thomas Nelson and was released on October 27, 2015. This book is the third in the Dreamtreaders series. Purchase a copy here.

Overview

Would you be willing to fight for your dreams?

Fifteen-year-old Archer Keaton has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a Dreamtreader, one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the Nightmare Lord who dwells beyond the Slumber Gate. But as Archer’s dreams become more dangerous and threatening, so too does his waking life.

In this fast-paced conclusion to the exciting fantasy trilogy, the dream world and the waking world bleed into each other when a rift is formed between the two. People in the real world suddenly find their waking lives resemble their wildest dreams. Now it’s up to Archer and his fellow Dreamtreaders to race to reverse the rift before too much damage is done and to battle Archer’s ex-best friend, Kara, who sits on the throne of the Nightmare Lord. Kara is building an army of her own. Will Archer be strong enough to stand against her?

My Two Cents
War for the Waking World is the epic conclusion of the Dreamtreader trilogy. As a long time fan of Wayne Thomas Baston’s books, War for the Waking World and the Dreamtreaders series as a whole did not disappoint. Archer fights for his family and those he cares about. This book is full of fun twists and turns that kept me engaged from the very beginning! I loved the role that faith and friendship played in in the story; both are very important things to have in one’s life. This book also shows how important it is to face your fears and not let them control you. I will definitely be reading this series again!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely loved this book; it was full of action and creativity that left me wishing I could be a Dreamtreader too!

Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity for a free copy of War for the Waking World in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.

About the Author
Wayne Thomas Batson is an American writer. He has been married to his wife, Mary Lu, for seventeen years and has four children. He currently works as a teacher at Folly Quarter Middle School teaching sixth grade English language arts and is the youngest of four children. His most recent series, Dreamtreaders published by Thomas Nelson Inc (2014), is a modern-day paranormal YA adventure dealing with the subject of dreams.

Find Wayne online: website, Facebook

Fun News!

Hello all!
I have decided to try something new! I am an official blogger for a company called CelebrateLit! Every so often I will be posting reviews for the books sent to me from the company. This is so exciting!!! I will be posting my first book review in a little bit. Please enjoy!