Monday, January 20, 2020

A Promise to Keep by Melony Teague



I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Promise To Keep by Melony Teague.  The story begins at the class reunion of Savannah Sandersson and Micheal McCann.  They have not seen each other in 15 years and they meet again at their high school reunion and then decide to make some new memories.  Savannah and Micheal are wonderful characters you want to connect with. The story follows their adventures and shows us how they make peace with their past, and create a new future.    I was very drawn into the story and cheered for them both.  




 Melony Teague has the  gift of painting pictures with her words and helping you to easily visualize the story.  Her descriptions kept me engaged and enjoying the story. Her secondary characters were interesting and well developed.  I was sad when the story ended.  


I truly enjoyed each minute I spent reading A Promise To Keep.  It is a great contemporary read and one that appeals to a wide audience.  The story is one of grace, love, and holding on to the moments you have. I highly recommend A Promise To Keep.  
I was given a copy of this book from the publisher and not required to write a review.

Praise for A Promise to Keep
“A delightful romance sure to please anyone looking for a story about second chances, grace, and hope. This one has all the right ingredients!”
—Catherine West, award-winning author of Where Hope Begins
“With beautiful tenderness, Melony Teague has given us a window into the joy, sorrow, humor, and soaring love of characters that come alive. Be ready to have your heart stolen in this must-read fiction debut.”
—Mikal Dawn, author of the EMERALD CITY ROMANCE series
“A Promise to Keep by Melony Teague is a welcome addition to the contemporary romance genre. Layers of laughter, chemistry, and unexpected intensity make Michael and Savannah’s story a wonderful surprise! A Promise to Keep shows the skill of a talented author who can sensitively tackle subjects like cancer and grief while still producing a laugh-out-loud story! I can’t wait to read whatever Melony Teague writes next!
—V. Joy Palmer, Author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations and Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations
“With charm, wit, and romance, Teague’s debut novel takes readers on a journey of second chances, grace… and a trusty fern. Hope and humor blend throughout the story, balancing deep emotions with lighter moments and a sweet romance besides. A bright new voice in Christian fiction!”
—Carrie Schmidt, ReadingIsMySuperPower.org

Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. With foamy lattes in-hand, she writes Contemporary Romance with a dash of humor. Though she has no hobbies outside of reading, writing, and eating chocolate, she is a member of ACFW and teaches seniors in her community to write their memoirs. She confesses with no shame that she has a strong belief that pumpkin pie is an acceptable breakfast food since it’s mostly vegetables. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in the melting pot that is Toronto with her husband, their two teenagers, and two cats who think they’re humans.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Q & A with Author Melony Teague


Today on Becky's Bookshelves we have a Q & A with author Melony Teague.  I met Melony at CFFR over two years ago.  She is a delight, and I have enjoyed keeping up with her through the years.  Melony has a brand new book coming out January 21 called A Promise to KeepIt is fabulous!  Today she answers some of my questions on the story.  (no spoilers!)  Thanks for stopping by, Melony!    


Thank you so much for having me on your blog!
Your story involves a class reunion.   Have you ever attended yours?  Why did you choose a class reunion for part of the setting in A Promise to Keep?  
I’ve never attended my class reunion because I went to high school in Estcourt, South Africa and it is a little bit far from Toronto to go for a reunion. If I could, I would. For the most part, my high school years were good and I’d love to catch up with friends. I chose the class reunion to kick off A Promiseto Keep because I wondered what it would be like for someone to attend that never really felt like they fitted in. What would they feel? How would they react to reuniting with high school crushes, and how would they have moved on in life since graduation. The whole concept of whether young dreams come true or not was a fascinating subject to ponder. Savannah’s life didn’t turn out the way she thought it would.

I loved your descriptions of places your characters visited. You do a great job helping your readers visualize the scenes in your book. Do you have a favorite place from the story? 
Thank you Becky. To be honest, I’ve only been to Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, so those are a favorite. My daughter and I went to the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory and spent hours, taking photos and enjoying seeing the butterflies flit around in the humid air. The town of Point is totally fictional, but I hope that it seemed real to readers.  

What do you hope your readers walk away with from your story? 
I hope that readers would appreciate the every moment in life and see life as a gift. It’s easy to take the people we love for granted. A Promise to Keep is about love, loss, healing and grace, and most of all, it’s about living without regrets.

I loved your characters, Savannah and Michael.  Do you have a picture of them in your mind, or who do they look like that we know?  Michael’s physical appearance was modeled after Henry Cavill, but with longer hair and blue eyes. Savannah has caramel colored hair and blue eyes and I didn’t model her on anyone really. So if an actress were to be cast in a movie adaption, then it would be interesting to see who they’d pick.  (One can dream, right?)

I loved reading about the main characters Savannah and Michael, but I was intrigued by a couple of the secondary characters, Donavan, Gillian and Johnnie.  Do you have any plans for them in their own books?  

I’m so glad you asked this. My first thought was to write Donavan’s story, but my editor is more interested in Gillian and Johnnie’s story. So I’ve started brainstorming and researching possible story lines for them. I’m excited to dive in and find out where that will lead me. Stay tuned. I do, however, have a soft spot for dear Donavan.

Thank you for stopping by Becky's Bookshelves today Melony!  I can not wait for more readers to read your new book A Promise Keep  I will post more information below.  Next week my review will be up on the blog.  

ABOUT THE BOOK  A Promise Book


She never imagined that keeping her promise would change everything.
Research librarian Savannah Sanderson wants nothing more than to escape into her happily-ever-after novels with their larger-than-life fictional heroes. But a promise to her late husband has her attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion, drinking ghastly punch, and taking desperate measures just to keep her vow, even if she has to hide behind the d├ęcor to do it.

Once a reckless troublemaker, Michael McCann fled town after graduation. Now a professional technical rescuer, he’s back for the reunion, but on his trip down memory lane, he soon comes face to face with unresolved issues, namely Savannah.

Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends will lead them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero?



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell.  As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. She writes Contemporary Romance with a dash of humor. Teague is a member of ACFW. She has never met a Starbucks she didn’t love and has been known to eat vegetables for breakfast—well, pumpkin pie—same thing. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her husband, their two teenagers, and two cats.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Back to His Lordship by Jen Geigle Johnson

I have always dreamed of going back in time to the Regency period.   Evaline Johansen,our heroine, in Back To His Lordship by Jen Geigle Johnson has that incredible opportunity.  The story is so fun to read, and speaks to the heart of every Regency book lover! It was wonderful to be able to see through the eyes of someone from my time a ride in a carriage, the workings of a Regency ball, and to better understand the rules that govern Regency society.    I enjoyed Back to His Lordship from cover to cover.  


The magic in Back to His Lordship takes place through Twickenham Manor. This book is part of a bigger series relating to time travel. I highly recommend Back to His Lordship. Your time will not be wasted.   


I was given this book by the publisher and not required to write a positive review. 

About the Author

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An award winning author, including the GOLD in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, Jen Geigle Johnson discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. She once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. She knows all about the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. Now, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Misleading Miss Verity by Carolyn MIller



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WOW!  That was my thought as I finished Carolyn Miller’s Misleading Miss Verity the third in the Daughters of Aynsley,  Regency Brides series. The cover for Misleading Miss Verity is beautifully made with exquisite colors.  There is an amazing castle of Scotland which stayed in my head as I read the story. I found myself carrying the book around with me and just placing it next to me so I could see and enjoy the gorgeous cover. 

Misleading Miss Verity is wonderful and I feel like it is one of Ms. Miller’s best novels to date.  The dialogue is delightful, the setting is stunning, and the story is rich in Christian faith. It is engaging and the hero, Anthony Jardine is one who will stay with me for a long time.  The heroine, Verity Hatherleigh is a joy to watch transform into a woman of God.

I highly recommend Misleading Miss Verity it is a delightful book and an engaging read. You will not be disappointed to read it this holiday season.  
I received a copy of the book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. 

Miss Verity Pinterest Board.  



Carolyn Miller
I'm an Inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia with my husband and four children. I love reading (especially Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer), music, films, gardens, art, travel and food. I really enjoy creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love.

Monday, November 11, 2019

A Pursuit of Hope By Kristi Hunter



This is the beginning of A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Hunter the third book in the Haven Manor series.  Our heroine, Jess Beauchene, has appeared in the last two novels and has always been a favorite character of mine. Her past has been a mystery and we really do not know her backstory until now.  Our hero, Derek Thornbury, is an expert in artifacts and history. The two have never really hit it off, but now Jess needs Derek and his talents to solve a family mystery. 


Their story is filled with adventure, intrigue, disguises, love, and the humor Kristi Hunter is known for.  I was drawn into this amazing book after the first two sentences and reminded of how much I love Ms. Hunter’s gifted storytelling, the depth of her writing, and her insightful spiritual themes. I was so glad for the opportunity to read A Pursuit of Home and truly sad when it ended. It is a wonderful story,and I highly recommend A Pursuit of Home. It will be the highlight of your year.   

I was given a copy by the publisher, but not required to write a positive review.


Kristi is the RITA® award winning author of Regency romance novels from a Christian worldview. Her books include the award winning Hawthorne House series as well as the newly published first stories of the Haven Manor series. Beyond writing, she is also speaker, teaching classes in writing as well as Biblical and spiritual topics. She has spoken to writers' groups, schools, and young women's groups at churches. 
When she is not writing or interacting with her readers, Kristi spends time with her family and her church. A graduate of Georgia Tech with a computer science degree, she can also be found fiddling with her computer in her free time. A born lover of stories she is also an avid reader. From very young she dreamed of sharing her own stories with others and praises God daily that she gets to live that dream today. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Guest Post by Jen Geigle Johnson.

I asked Jen Geigle Johnson if she would drop by the blog and write tell a little about her writing and why she writes in the Regency time period.  I hope you enjoy her lovely post.  I am thrilled she took time out to visit.   Here is last week's review of her new book The Duke's Second Chance.  

So, as Fall finally settles in around here in the hot weather of Texas, the first thing I want to do is wrap a warm blanket around myself, set a cup of hot chocolate on my side table, crank up the fire and get lost in a good book. As most authors will tell you, their first love with books came through reading. 

Even though I love to read all kinds of books, especially romance, I have always been fascinated with the books set in England during the Regency time period. I have read hundreds of these books. It started with Pride and Prejudice retellings. And the branched out to any romance set in the period. I have a love for the people and the place feels like home. How many can relate?

One reason Regency appeals is because it was just such a marriage mart. So if you are into romance, that was what those people were ALL ABOUT during the season. Lots and lots of ideas for fun stories happening during that time. But also, I love the nobles, the titles, the large estates, their huge support staff. And then I love the working class, the maids, the factory workers. Once I realized what a dynamic time period it was in history, I fell in love with the change. It is a time of huge change. Perhaps I'm incredibly biased, but the opportunity for story ideas is so prevalent, I think more so than other time periods. 

I want to share something cool that happened while I was writing A Lady's Maid, another book I am launching this Fall. I was researching women. I wanted to understand what their fight for suffrage was like during this time period. And at first I was disheartened. For good reason. Women had been calling out, asking to be heard for a long time, I have records of women asking to participate in the dialogue thousands of years ago. So, here they are, caught up in political struggles, moral struggles, financial struggles and then it took another hundred years after the close of my book for them to actually get the right to vote in England. But the moment of clarity I had was super inspiring for me. 

They were put down on every side, underappreciated, abused, ignored and yet, women had some of the greatest influence during that time. They somehow rose to influence within the area that was allowed them. So that realization filled me with respect for my gender. But then I was also touched by other things. I could see, so many years later, how the framework was being set in the political climate so that one day women would be allowed to vote, and I could tell, plain as day, that a higher power must have been orchestrating such a thing. It was such an obvious gradual shift with key moments in play, key brave people speaking up. And I was so grateful that even though the women at the time probably couldn't see it, God was working a miracle for them.


I love to explore what kind of influence a good woman can have, and The Duke's Second Chance is no exception. We meet a lovely woman. And I hope you cheer with me when things finally start to go her way. 

Thanks for visiting Becky's Bookshelves.  Jen is also hosting a contest.  Click through to win a $25.00 Amazon card!  
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An award winning author, including the GOLD in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, Jen Geigle Johnson discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. She once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. She knows all about the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. Now, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure.

Giveaway

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Duke's Second Chance By Jen Geigle Johnson


The Duke's Second Chance

Second chances often come from surprising places. Will the Duke find another chance at love when everything seems to be combining against him? Gerald feels as though he’s lost everything when his wife takes her last breath. Amelia’s world turns upside down when the Duke of Granbury steps into her tea shop and leaves with her heart. But when a secret from Amelia’s past unveils possibilities, will the duke get a second chance at love from an unexpected source? Buy this first book in a Regency romance series for a taste of deep loyal friendship, beautiful second chances, and the path to heal a heart. Look for the other books in the series: The Earl's Winning Wager Her Lady's Whims and Fancies Suitors for the Proper Miss Pining for Lord Lockhart The Foibles and Follies of Miss Grace
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I was so excited to be able to read an advanced copy of The Duke's Second Chance.  Jen Geigle Johnson is  new to me author.  My review is below. 

Review:    The Duke’s Second Chance by Jen Geigle Johnson is all that a regency novel should be. The story contains the intricacies of regency society, lovely characters, a wonderful duke, a lovable heroine,  and a satisfying ending. Ms. Johnson is a new to me author and I thoroughly enjoyed The Duke’s Second Chance. Her writing style is pleasant and fun to read. This is the first in a series called the Sisters of Sussex.   I enjoyed getting to know the characters and look forward to meeting some of them again in future books.


I recommend you pick up The Duke’s Second Chance.  You will not be disappointed.   
I was given a copy by the author and not required to write a review.

About the Author

jen johnson headshot
An award winning author, including the GOLD in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, Jen Geigle Johnson discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. She once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. She knows all about the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. Now, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure.

Giveaway

Amazon Gift Card $25
Enter the giveaway HERE.



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