#Trailer Reveal: New #YA #Fiction From @AnaiahPress - Operation Tree Roper by @RobertPolk2

28 July 2014

Anaiah Press is revealing the trailer for OPERATION TREE ROPER: AN EYE ABOVE by Robert Polk today and we have it here on the blog!


Twelve-year-old Declan Parker was born with only one eye, but all he seems to have trouble seeing in proper perspective is himself.  All he wants is for kids to see him as normal before he starts a new school in the fall. To that end, he sets out to make money helping with his dad’s tree care business.

Unfortunately, when his dad lands in the hospital after a climbing accident, Declan’s surgery hopes are wrecked. His only hope remains in a neighbor girl and her uncle, a wounded army veteran. Can they help him save his dad’s business, or will Declan’s once-courageous drive turn into total despair?

Operation Tree Roper: An Eye Above is a well-crafted story about a strong, dauntless young man who redefines the value of self-reflection. Declan is a character you won’t be able to forget.

Welcome to your new favorite book…

Release Date:
October 7, 2014

Book Links:
Anaiah Press: www.anaiahpress.com

Author Bio:

Robert Polk lives in western Nebraska where he shares his love of books and the great outdoors with his wife and seven children. He is a former school counselor, business owner, and tree climbing arborist. Robert participates in his church and local community, currently serving on several non-profit boards.

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Website: www.stmercy.com
#Trailer Reveal: New #YA #Fiction From @AnaiahPress - Operation Tree Roper by @RobertPolk2

Get Your #Votes in on June's #NewReleases for this month's @ClashOfTitles!

The best of summer reading - all in one list for you here. Find a New Author to love...I have.

I'll apologize in advance...I could not cut anyone from the list, so we have MEGA LIST this month.
You'll see what I mean: everything from spies, cloak and dagger to medieval to early Americana. Whew!


Based on the covers and short descriptions below, WHICH BOOK would be next on your To Be Read Pile? Use the voting poll below to enter your choice.

Happy VOTING... You have through MONDAY JULY 28, MIDNIGHT CST, and be sure to leave a word of encouragement for these authors.

I'll be back on the 29th for REVEAL DAY

The Midwife
Jolina Petersheim

Past and present collide when a young woman named Amelia arrives in the sweeping countryside bearing secrets of her own. As Amelia's due date draws near, Rhoda must face her regrets and those she left behind in order for the healing power of love and forgiveness to set them all free.

Miranda Warning
Heather Day Gilbert

Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache--the Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her. But when an anonymous warning note shows up in best friend Miranda's mailbox--a note written in a dead woman's handwriting--Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia; Tess must scramble to find a decades-old killer, before she is the next victim.

Blind Trust
Sandra Orchard

Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can’t believe that it came from her sweet neighbor or that it lands her in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker’s investigations. As family secrets come to light, her world–and her budding romance with Tom–begin to crumble—and it’s clear that she won’t be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster’s secrets. 

Heather Gray

Rupert is a man used to hiding in the shadows of life in order to stay alive. Then Juliana and her sisters crash into his world with secrets of their own, and he realizes it's time to step out of the darkness.

Moon Over Maalaea Bay
HL Wegley

In an instant the Maui honeymoon of Lee's dreams morphs into a nightmare when Jennifer disappears on their wedding night, and now everyone seems to want this young NSA research scientist. The US government wants her because she's a huge security problem, the trafficking syndicate she destroyed for revenge, a Middle-Easter prince for what she looks like, foreign agents for what she knows, and Lee just wants his bride back.

A Place in His Heart
Rebecca DeMarino

Anglican Mary Langton longs for true love, but Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved Ann when the maiden marries the baker with two young boys. She could cross and ocean, but could she reach the secret places of her husband's heart?

Lady of Eve
Tamara Leigh

The last thing Lady Graeye Charwyck wants is to live out her life in a convent. When an opportunity presents that will allow her to avoid professing herself a nun, she impulsively gives herself to the sin--only to answer to her family's greatest enemy, Baron Gilbert Balmaine.

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#Book #Review: The Girl Who Came Home by @HazelGaynor

26 July 2014

The Girl Who Came Home

Author: Hazel Gaynor

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Description

Inspired by true events, the
 New York Times bestselling novel The Girl Who Came Home is the poignant story of a group of Irish emigrants aboard RMS Titanic—a seamless blend of fact and fiction that explores the tragedy's impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.

Ireland, 1912. Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the lucky few passengers in steerage who survives. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that terrible night ever again.

Chicago, 1982. Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harbored for almost a lifetime about the Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.

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Author Bio

Hazel Gaynor is a novelist and freelance writer in Ireland and the UK. Her writing success has been featured in The Sunday Times Magazine and Irish Times and she has also appeared on TV and radio.

Hazel is a guest blogger and features writer for national Irish writing website writing.ie for which she has interviewed, among others, Philippa Gregory, Sebastian Faulks, Jo Baker ('Longbourn'), Cheryl Strayed ('Wild') and Mary Beth Keane ('Fever'). Hazel was the recipient of the 2012 Cecil Day Lewis award for Emerging Writers.
Originally from North Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband, two young children and an accident-prone cat.

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With “The Girl Who Came Home,” Hazel Gaynor takes readers on an incredible journey through time, exploring how the effects of one tragic event reverberates for generations. As a seventeen-year-old girl, Maggie Murphy leaves her home of Ballysheen, Ireland with thirteen others from her village to travel to America onboard the Titanic. Harry Walsh, a young steward assigned to the steerage deck, likewise departs from his own hometown of Southampton, England and does his best to take care of the third-class passengers—Maggie and her companions among them. As the catastrophic events of April 14 and 15, 1912 unfold, the lives of each passenger are irrevocably changed, and Maggie vows never to speak of the ill-fated ship afterward. Until, that is, her great-granddaughter’s twenty-first birthday—seventy years to the day that the Titanic sank into the ocean depths. Telling her story at long last sets into motion a chain of events that will again change lives, perhaps this time for the better.

Gaynor crafts a poignant and engaging tale sure to delight and mesmerize fans of historical fiction and light romance. The novel, based on true historical persons and told partly in epistolary format, develops through a series of flashbacks and alternates between the years 1912 and 1982, interweaving the lives of the various characters in an unforgettable saga. Appended to the story is a section entitled “P.S.”, which includes a short author bio, the story behind the novel, a glossary of Irish terms with pronunciations, and sixteen Reading Group Discussion Questions to be pondered after reading the novel in its entirety.

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#Book #Review: The Girl Who Came Home by @HazelGaynor

A @NetGalley #Book #Review: The Healer's Touch by #LoriCopeland - A #Christian #Historical #Romance

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The Healer's Touch

  • Author: Lori Copeland
  • Release Date: August 1, 2014
  • Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical, Romance

Book Description:

Lori Copeland, beloved author of more than 100 books, brings a new adventure to life in her latest novel.

Lyric Bolton doesn't ask for much--just friendship and acceptance from her rural Missouri community. But her family is regarded with suspicion and fear because of her mother's sickness--a sickness of the mind that grows worse by the day. Lyric is resigned to a life of isolation and doesn't see any way out...but that's before Ian Cawley bolts into her life on a runaway stallion.

As she opens her heart to Ian, Lyric dares to imagine a different life. But what will happen when he discovers the secret she holds closest of all?

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Lori lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband Lance.  Lance and Lori have three sons, three daughter-in-laws, and six wonderful grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.
Lori began her writing career in 1982, writing for the secular book market.  In 1995, after many years of writing, Lori sensed that God was calling her to use her gift of writing to honor Him. It was at that time that Lori began writing for the Christian book market.  
Lori is the author of more than 100 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books' Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. 
Lance and Lori are very involved in their church, and active in supporting mission work through School to the Nations.
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Joplin Missouri, 1887

The Healer's Touch is about Lyric Bolton, a young lady that lives a secluded life at her home called Bolton Holler. Because her mother has "strange fits", the entire town thinks it's because of her mother that the infamous "spooklight" even exists. This strange light seems to target and terrorize the citizens by hovering over them. It's an unexplained event that no one seems to have a solid answer for but it's the "spooklight" that brings Lyric and Marshal Ian "Joseph" Cawley together when he crashes through her barn door in order to escape it.

I have been a fan of Lori Copeland's writing for years and The Healer's Touch is a great example of why I love her so much. Her characters are always so true to the time period in which the story is set. They have just the right degree of seriousness in grave situations but they are also very light-hearted, even to the point of being humorous. The characters draw me in as much as the storyline and this book is one of Lori's supreme efforts at turning out a story you'll both love and praise to friends and family.

Set in the beautiful state of Missouri, the attention to detail in the story's surrounding landscape make you feel as if you're there and living out the story yourself. I had never heard of the "spooklight" and it made for a very interesting twist on an already enjoyable story. Lori brought it to light (no pun intended) in a very enjoyable and unique way. The opening scene with Marshal Ian Cawley drew me right in and, from there, I was so intrigued that I didn't want to put the book down. I also loved Lyric's sister, Lark, and I smell a follow up story between Lark and Murphy Hake that I can't wait to dive into. Lori Copeland is a favorite among many readers, me included, and if you haven't read any of her books this is a great place to start. I guarantee you will love it so much that you add her to your "favorite authors" list! Tried and true, Lori is a seasoned writer whose words flow with ease and entertain even the pickiest readers. I highly recommend this book to all historical romance lovers!

Disclaimer: I received of copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley for my honest review and no monetary compensation was received.
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A @NetGalley #Book #Review: The Healer's Touch by #LoriCopeland - A #Christian #Historical #Romance

#CoverReveal: Coming Soon from @AnaiahPress - Tess in Boots by @CourtneyRGager!

25 July 2014

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Tess in Boots by Courtney Rice Gager

Anaiah Romance

Tess in Boots Cover RevealTess Dougherty plans every aspect of her life right down to the last detail. But she doesn’t plan on running her boyfriend off by bringing up the topic of marriage before he’s ready. And she doesn’t plan to lose her job on the day she’s set to receive a huge promotion. So when her perfect world unravels, Tess makes a new plan: disappear.

Tess packs her bags and leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina. At first, she’s put off by the slow pace of small-town life in the South. She’s especially irritated by Thatcher, the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand. But she soon begins to appreciate the area’s charm, and Thatcher’s charm, too. She even swaps her trademark heels for a pair of cowboy boots. As Tess spends more time getting to know Thatcher, she finds herself loosening her grip on her old life little by little. Unfortunately, things on the vineyard aren’t as simple as they seem. There’s a secret here, and when the truth comes to light, Tess is forced to reconsider every plan she’s ever made.

Release Date: December 2, 2014

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22779717-tess-in-boots

Author Bio:

Courtney Rice GagerCourtney Rice Gager graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in creative writing. Courtney is also the author of The Buggy List. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.

Website: http://www.courtneyricegager.com

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#CoverReveal: Coming Soon from @AnaiahPress - Tess in Boots by @CourtneyRGager!
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