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.

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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

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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.

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Amazon Gift Card $25
Enter the giveaway HERE.



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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Fall Contest for Amazon Gift Card! Buy more books.



I love how this picture reflects Fall so marvelously!  So many fabulous book have come out in the last few months. I am running a contest to Give-Away a $20 Amazon Card in honor of  Fall.  Hopefully you can use the money to buy some of the wonderful books I have been talking about. 


Rules: The contest is open to anyone I can send an Amazon online gift card to. Please know I VERIFY all winning entries. If you need help please email me.  Good Luck!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano

Diamond in the Rough is the second book in the American Heiress Series by Jen Turano. The story starts with heiress, Poppy Garrison, getting her tiara tangled up in her dance partner’s sleeve during a quadrille and that begins one of the most fun-loving and delightfully written books I have read in a long time. Poppy our heroine is funny, straight forward, and has a knack for finding trouble. (I might be able to relate) Our hero,Reginald Blackburn, is the second son of Duke who is everything that is proper. Together they are a great mix of order and chaos. I enjoyed reading all of their encounters, and laughed out loud throughout the story. There are a host of secondary characters in the story that are delightful and make this a memorable book. 

Jen Turano has a way of making you smile, making sure you do not take yourself too seriously, and making you think. It really is quite impressive. I anxiously await the release of Jen Turano’s books. I was not disappointed with a Diamond in the Rough which was a joy to read. I highly recommend it.

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

Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. Readers may find her at www.jenturano.com or https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/or on Twitter at JenTurano @JenTurano.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano


“There’s a wonderful charm to ordinary, everyday moments, and the people who remain through them. “  from Finding Lady Enderly.





Summary: Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London’s east end when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley and offers her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady. Things she could only dream of might be coming true. But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

Though Raina has traded squalor for silk and satin, something about the abbey is deeply unsettling. As she wrestles with her true identity, the ruin, decay, and secrets she finds at the heart of the old mansion tear at her confidence and threaten to reveal her for who she really is. Only one man stands between her and the danger that lurks within–and only if he decides to keep her biggest secret hidden.

Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano is an incredible book filled with mystery, love, adventure and the truth of who you are in Christ.  The descriptive language and well written story makes it a joy to read. I found my myself underlining and highlighting amazing quotes throughout the story.  Joanna is a gifted storyteller who will draw you into the story and make you not want to leave.


Rarely do you find a well written book filled with descriptive language, romance, characters you love, and spiritual depth.  Finding Lady Enderly is all of that . I highly recommend it.


“I’ve learned that a true hero is not an extraordinary man.  He may not impress the world, but he so greatly changes hers.  That makes him utterly heroic indeed.”

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



Joanna Davidson Politano 

I’m a work-from-home mom of two fun and adventurous littles and we’ll soon be homeschooling. I married my hero Vince, who is my love and my polar opposite. I write, he tears it up with the red pen. I break cars and other mechanical things, he puts them back together. He’s nailed the “speak the truth” thing, and I bring the “in love” part. But the real spark to our marriage is that he does not like chocolate and I…  like it a normal amount. We love and live from our little house in the woods near Lake Michigan.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Bull Rider's Secret by Jill Lynn




The Bull Rider’s Secret is the third book in the Colorado Grooms series by Jill Lynn.  This series centers around three siblings, Mackenzie, Luc who are twins and their  younger sister Emma.   Luc and Mackenzie are close, but when Luc hires her old high school love, Jace Hawke, that really does not go well. Jace has been pursuing his “dream” of Bull Riding and is recovering from an injury and fighting demons from his past.   Mackenzie is still hurt from when Jace left.

Mackenzie is a wonderful character who is full of life and incredibly love-able.  Jill Lynn has a way of drawing you into her stories and you just have to keep reading, and her books  re just plain fun to read.    Her characters are people I would want to meet in real life who work through problems that matter.  The book is sprinkled with wonderfully funny  scenes like her sister's wedding and one that involves a mechanical bull.   The romance between Mackenzie and Jace is fun and full of surprises. 

This book is a stand alone book that you can read without having read the first two in the series.  But, no one should miss out on a Jill Lynn book.  I highly recommend The Bull Rider’s Secret.
I was given a copy by the publisher and not required to write a review.

Jill Lynn Buteyn is a co-author of Just Show Up with Kara Tippetts, and an author of inspirational romance for Love Inspired ® (as Jill Lynn). A recipient of the ACFW Genesis award for her fiction work, she has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children.
Connect with her on social media or at Jill-Lynn.com

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson


A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson is the second in the Georgia Coast Romance series. A Glitter of Gold takes place in Savannah, Georgia and starts during hurricane Lorenzo. Our Heroine, Anne Norris, sometimes known as Anne Bonny gives tours in Savannah and our hero Carter Hale is a museum curator. They both love reading from an old diary that gives them clues about a 200 year old shipwreck. Carter and Anne come together to find a shipwrecked vessel off the coast, and have lives that are more complicated below the surface just like their ship.

This is an amazing book. Liz Johnson has flawlessly woven together two stories from two time periods into an amazing book The story touched me deeply and led me to the heart of God. So many deep truths resonate in this love story. It is fabulous.

A Glitter of Gold is filled with pirates, intrigue, love, grace,sacrifice, mystery, treasure and gives you a glimpse of how God’s love can reach into a heart filled with shame. My favorite quote from the story, “ Shame doesn’t protect you, Grace does. “ I highly recommend this book.

I was given this book by the publisher and not required to write a review.
By day Liz Johnson is a marketing manager. She makes time to write late at night—that’s when she thinks best anyway. Liz is the author of more than a dozen novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She’s a Christy Award finalist and a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. She makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona, where she enjoys exploring local music, theater, and doting on her nieces and nephews. She writes stories of true love filled with heart, humor, and happily ever afters.