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Faith and Honor by Robin Maderich

About the Author:
 
Although published in various genres of romance, both in print and electronic format, Robin Maderich’s first novel was historical, released by Warner Books (before the big merger with Time) in 1989. Faith and Honor hs since been reprinted and the second in the trilogy released. Most recently Robin is enjoying an association with New Concepts Publishing and had a brief but satisfying association with Inara Press. She has also illustrated a children’s e-book which was released last year.
 
The rural village in Pennsylvania where Robin resides with her husband and multiple pets has provided much of her recent inspiration. The fact her three sons are all grown has allowed her more time to pursue writing. As one might expect, Robin’s feelings regarding that circumstance are mixed.
 
Robin’s love of history, research, the intricacies of detail and stretching her imagination have aided her immensely through the ever-expanding process of learning her craft.
 
For more information please visit http://www.robinmaderich.com/

About the Book:

 
Rescued from the harrassment of British officers in Colonial Boston by handsome, secretive Fletcher Irons, Faith Ashley’s slumbering passions are ignited, until the discovery that Fletcher himself is an officer of the army she has come to despise, a man who is the enemy. Yet with persistence, Fletcher wins the fiery Faith’s love. When the colonies erupt in Revolution, Faith refuses to choose between her loyalty to the cause and her love for the man who is far more than the color of his uniform. Will her honor be her undoing?

 

Review:
 
I haven’t read a book like this in quite awhile, so I was thrilled to have the chance as part of Robin’s virtual book tour.  Faith Ashley has returned home to Boston, even though her father has reprimanded her and told her she should be staying with her new family.  She feels drawn to the home that she shared with her late husband.  Boston is as busy as ever, and after having a slight run in with a British officer she meets Fletcher Irons.   
 
Even though they had just met she feels feelings that she hasn’t felt since William.  She is unlike most women of her era, and can be rebellious by nature.  But even though she is rebellious, when she finds out that Fletcher is a British Officer she isn’t sure if her heart can win over her loyalty to her country.
She is not alone in her feelings.  Fletcher is drawn to Faith on their first encounter and has a hard time getting her out of his head.  Even though Faith is resistent to his advances, he is determined to get her to see beyond the uniform to the man that is inside of it.  As much as they fight their feelings, love is blossoming when things get heated between the States and England.  Can love really conquer all, or will their loyalty to their countries destroy a romance that is only seen once in a lifetime? 
 
I really LOVED this book!  I have not read anything that was set during the Revolution but it is obvious that this writer has done her homework.  It was easy to picture yourself standing there among the characters, each drips with such realism.  I can’t wait to read the other 2 books in this trilogy!  Great job:) 

 

WIN PRIZES!!!
 
FAITH AND HONOR VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 will officially begin on April 1 and end on April 30. You can visit Robin’s blog stops at http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in March to find out more about this great book and talented author!
 
As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available.

 

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Win A Copy Of Never Give Up By Joyce Meyer On Audio

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Would you like to win a copy of Never Give Up by Joyce Meyer on audio?  Here is some info about the book:

“People who are called to greatness meet great challenges,” writes Joyce Meyer in this essential new book. She reminds us that we have the potential for greatness and provides practical, useful information about how to overcome the challenges we face.

In classic Joyce Meyer style, she provides proven “how-to’s” and practical methods along with her encouragement. Joyce has been there. She offers us the benefit of her own experience and helps us avoid the hazards on the way to realizing our dreams.

As we pursue the best in every area of our lives – health, family, finances, career, future, and all the plans God has for us – we will find the inspiration necessary to keep putting one foot in front of the other. No matter how weary we grow on the journey of everyday life, Joyce’s message will empower us to persevere through difficulties, and remind us in a variety of ways: “You can do it-whatever ‘it’ is for you– if you never give up.”

I  will be giving away 3 copies of this audiobook. Unfortunately winners are limited to the US and Canada…sorry about that. I will be drawing the winners on April 12 so make sure to leave a comment. Please remember to have a valid email address so I know where to contact you and thanks!

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Save the Best For Last by Kim Hanks

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Zwick Lamps, a secret admirer to Whitney Barnes, got targeted by a genius son of the past evil family that had lived in Green Oasis Town. However, it was once before that Zwick had finally discovered his supernatural powers that were only known by the isolated old woman Tabitha, a misfortuned lady whose husband died on their wedding day.

Kim Hanks is the author of Save The Best For Last, a fantasy adventure debut from the author! Critics have compared this book to an example of hugely popular genres and reality in the novelists craft and have described it as a strong, good, and multilayered fantasy adventure written with a hand that is both sure and light.

Kim has a full time job and is a graduate of Cambridge International College with a degree in Human Resource Management. He lives in Dubai.
 
For more information please visit his website at http://www.kimhanks.net/

 

WIN PRIZES!!!

SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 will officially begin on March 2 and end on March 31. You can visit Kim’s blog stops at http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in March to find out more about this great book and talented author!

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available.

 

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Montana Creeds: Dylan by Linda Lael Miller

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Hailed as “rodeo’s bad boy” for his talent at taming bulls and women, Dylan Creed likes life in the fast lane. But when the daughter he rarely sees is abandoned by her mother, Dylan heads home to Stillwater Springs ranch. Somehow the champion bull rider has to turn into a champion father—and fast.

Town librarian Kristy Madison is uncharacteristically speechless when Dylan Creed turns up for story time with a toddler in tow. The man who’d left a trail of broken hearts—including her own—is back…and this time Kristy’s determined to tame his wild ways once and for all.

Dylan is Book Two in the Montana Creed series, and did not disappoint.  I actually found that I liked Dylan even more than Logan – I think little Bonnie had something to do with that.  Dylan is a typical bad boy – bull riding and poker playing, along with women, are his passions in life.  But, his life is drastically changed when he comes out to his truck to find his two year old daughter waiting for him, her mother nowhere in site.

Unsure of how he is going to take care of his daughter (typical father material he is not) he decides to take her to story time at the local library, and to his surprise Kristy is the town librarian…and an old flame of his.  These two have a lot of baggage between them but despite it all they are able to start a new life together.

I think the thing that I enjoy most about these stories is that they focus on the characters in such depth.  There are subplots that help the plot along but do not deter from the heart of the story, and the love that forms between the hero and his leading lady.  Although there are some things that are typical of most romance novels, I believe that these have an extra flair that truly sets them apart, and would highly recommend this series!

Lily Kenyon left Stillwater Springs years ago, but has returned to help her father recover from a heart attack, and to try and make a fresh start.  Being a single mom isn’t easy, but she feels that Stillwater Springs might be the place for her to start a new life with her daughter, a place that has memories, both good and bad.

The Creed brothers have had problems, but nothing will keep them off of their ranch, trying to restore their family bond.  And Tyler is no different.  A former rodeo star, he is arrogant and thinks that people should look up to him for all of his accomplishments.  What he doesn’t expect is to have Lily Kenyon back in her life.  The history they have hangs heavy between the two – will they rekindle a flame that they thought went out years ago?

This is the third book in the Montana Creeds series and it is certainly not my last book by Linda.  Ms. Miller has such an excellent way of writing her characters to make them jump off of the page, and the emotion that they exhibit is exceptional!  Watching these characters try and overcome their past and rooting them on was a joy.  I would highly recommend this book!

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The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano

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When Melody Grace McCartney was six years old, she and her parents witnessed an act of violence so brutal that it changed their lives forever.  The federal government lured them into the Witness Protection Program with the promise of safety, and they went gratefully.  But the program took Melody’s name, her home, her innocence, and, ultimately her family.  She’s been May Adams, Karen Smith, Anne Johnson, and countless others–everyone but the one person she longs to be: herself.  So when the feds spirit her off to begin yet another new life in  another town, she’s stunned when a man confronts her and calls her by her real name.  Jonathan Bovaro, the mafioso sent to hunt her down, knows her, the real her, and it’s a dangerous thrill that Melody can’t resist.  He’s insistent that she’s just a pawn in the government’s war against the Bovaro faimly.  But can trust her life and her identity to this vicious stranger whose acts of violence are legendary?

“All farewells should be sudden, when forever.”  This quote by Lord Byron is an appropriate lead into a very exciting, dramatic, and at times heartfelt journey of a young woman trying to become herself…literally.

Melody Grace McCartney has been anything but herself since the day, at the age of sic, she and her family were witness to a brutal mob hit and became part of the Federal Witness Protection Program.  What follows is a brief and at time heartbreaking account of what it is like to lose oneself.  And when Melody, a.k.a. Sandra Clarke, places the fateful call to the Feds saying she feels threatened, mostly out of boredom, she has no idea how truely threatened she really is.

I found this book hard to put down.  I thought that the characters were very believable and well written.  I also thought the premise for the story was intriguing and thanks to the great writing by the author, made the story jump off the pages.

And finally, the twist at the end lets the story end the way it needed to.  Suddenly.  As the reason for Lord Byron’s quote in the beginning of the book become very apparent. 

This was a great debut for the author and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Bravo!

David Cristofano has earned degrees in Government and Politics and Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park and has worked for different branches of the Federal Government for over a decade.  His short works have been published by Like Water Burning and McSweeneysHe currently works in the Washington D.C. area where he lives with his wife, son and daughter.  THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE  is his first novel.

 

Thanks so much to Miriam Parker of Hachette Book Group for sending this ARC to me for review!

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Weekly Geeks 2009-03

weekly-geeksFor your assignment this week, choose two or more of the following questions:

1) How do you feel about classic literature? Are you intimidated by it? Love it? Not sure because you never actually tried it? Don’t get why anyone reads anything else? Which classics, if any, have you truly loved? Which would you recommend for someone who has very little experience reading older books? Go all out, sell us on it!

2) A challenge, should you choose to accept it: Read at least one chapter of a classic novel, preferably by an author you’re not familiar with. Did you know you can find lots of classics in the public domain on the web? Check out The Popular Classic Book Corner
, for example. Write a mini-review based on this chapter: what are your first impressions? Would you read further? (For a larger selection of authors, try The Complete Classic Literature Library).

3) Let’s say you’re vacationing with your dear cousin Myrtle, and she forgot to bring a book. The two of you venture into the hip independent bookstore around the corner, where she primly announces that she only reads classic literature. If you don’t find her a book, she’ll never let you get any reading done! What contemporary book/s with classic appeal would you pull off the shelf for her?

4) As you explore the other Weekly Geeks posts: Did any inspire you to want to read a book you’ve never read before—or reread one to give it another chance? Tell us all about it, including a link to the post or posts that sparked your interest. If you end up reading the book, be sure to include a link to your post about it in a future Weekly Geeks post!

When I was in high school I was in advanced English – in my Junior year we were required to read the classics.  At first I was upset because it was “forced” on us, but some of my favorite books are considered classics.  The Count of Monte Cristo is still one of my 5 favorite books – I can’t imagine anything changing that.  It has been MANY years since I have read it, and although some of the story has been lost in my memory I still know that this is where I would put it.  I believe that I will try to read it again this year to refresh my memory.

I am also a HUGE fan of Edgar Allen Poe.  Horror/Suspense/Mystery books are my favorite type and I am not sure if there is anyone that embraces this genre moreso that he does.  Again, it has been many years but I do have his collection leatherbound sitting on my shelf.  Maybe I should pick it up and read a little today – The Tell-tale Heart is so chilling, but what piece of work by him isn’t?

There are many classics that I haven’t read….many, many, many!  But, after reading the post by Reading Adventures I too am sad to say that I have never read anything by Jane Austen.  I believe that I too will add Pride and Prejudice to my library list.  There are many more and I may come back to revise this list as I continue to go through the posts for this week. 

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The Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels Challenge

Perpetual Challenge – No Time Limit

Sharon at Ex Libris is hosting The Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels Challenge – a perpetual challenge to read from this interesting list. Sharon writes:

This is a perpetual challenge to read the The Board’s List of 100 best novels from The Modern Library. It can also include The Reader’s List of 100 best novels and, if you are really ambitious, the Radcliffe’s Rival 100 best novels list. (Don’t worry, this really isn’t a total of 300 books. Some titles appear on more than one list.)

Sharon has started a dedicated blog for the challenge. Participants may join the blog to post reviews, or simply post to their own blog and provide links to their reviews.

To sign up or get permission to post to the blog, visit Sharon and let her know!

To view my progress, click here.

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