Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller

At Grayton Beach in FL. 
A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller is the first book in the Daughters of Aynsley series.  This new series follows the three daughters of Viscount Aynsley. In A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, the oldest daughter, Caroline Hatherleigh, is sent to Devonshire to visit her grandmother and to get away from a current problem.  While she is in Devonshire, she meets a scientist-fossil hunter named Mr. Kirby and his sister who have secrets of their own.  This is a delightful book with a very satisfying ending.

A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh has an absolutely stunning cover.  You feel like you are standing with Miss Hatherleigh on the cliffs of Devonshire. I believe the cover is as fabulous as the book. This book is  a great example of regency writing at its best.   A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh  includes balls, high society, and delightfully interesting characters.  But on top of all that, it includes a fossil scientist. I really enjoyed reading and thinking about how a fossil hunting scientist fit into the regency time period.

Ms Miller brings the gospel into her stories in such a natural way.  I loved watching Caroline's faith grow throughout the story.

This is one of my new favorite books from Carolyn Miller.  I look forward to the next two books in the series. I highly recommend A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh.

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

Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher.

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss WinthropMiss Serena's SecretThe Making of Mrs. Hale, and A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Q & A about A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh with author Carolyn Miller.

I went to the beach last week and A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh insisted on coming along with me! I believe the book looked more at home among the dunes at Grayton Beach and author, Carolyn Miller, agreed with me.

Today Carolyn is visiting Becky's Bookshelves to answer some questions about her fabulous new book A Hero for Miss Hatheleigh which releases next Tuesday March 19. I hope you enjoy Carolyn's visit.

Please tell me about your latest release?

A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is the first book in my new series Regency Brides: The Daughters of Aynsley. It examines the challenges of social obligations versus family duty, and particularly centers on a fossil hunting scientist and the adventures he and Caroline Hatherleigh experience on England’s south coast. I was partly inspired for this by the tongue twister “she sells seashells by the seashore” which is reputed to be about Mary Anning, a poor woman from Lyme Regis who went on to discover a number of England’s most important fossils on the 1800s. Research into her life and work convinced me that this would prove a really interesting part of history – on a coastline renowned for smugglers, too!

You have a stunning cover. Tell me about how that came to be?

For this new series we wanted a slightly different look to the previous books, and I really liked the covers of Kristi Ann Hunter’s new series, so I asked if we could go in that direction. One of my beta readers (and best friends) Jacqueline Goelst suggested that it would be wonderful to have a cover with the heroine in a blue dress looking out to sea, so the designers at Kregel were very good at implementing this for me. The reddish cliffs are of the coastline near Sidmouth, so it’s great to see how this has come together. And it’s so encouraging to hear so many positive comments about how pretty this cover is!

What research did you do for the book?

Oh, I had to do quite a lot! My sons have been interested in dinosaurs, so it felt quite strange to be the person checking books out from the library about fossils and dinosaur hunters! ☺ I had to delve into geology as well, and it was funny studying up on things I’ve not thought about since high school science.

In addition to the scientific elements, I also looked into the history of the town where this is based, and was very excited (and blessed!) to come across a guide on the internet called The Beauties of Sidmouth Displayed, which scores its own little mention in the novel. It’s fascinating to see how such old towns and villages have changed over time.

Who do you imagine as the characters?

Good question! I’m not as good as some people are with these. Let’s see… for those of you who have seen the Victoria TV series, then the actor who plays the handsome Edward Drummond character might fit Gideon Kirby. As for who might play Caroline Hatherleigh, maybe a blue-eyed version of Lily James, but with chestnut curls?  (Here is Caroline's Pinterest board for the book)  

What made you choose the setting of Devonshire?  

Devonshire was a part of England I hadn’t really used in previous books, and although I’d referenced the seaside in The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, that was at the tame and urban Brighton. The cliffs and beaches along Dorset and the south east of Devonshire are far more wild, and so have a lot more potential for drama (like smugglers! And cave ins!). And obviously with a fossil hunting scientist involved, it needed to be somewhere near where the fossils are. I didn’t want to pick Lyme Regis (which is where part of Jane Austen’s Persuasion is set), so I chose a location not too far away which was still near enough for a man of science to search for clues to the past.

A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is the first in the Regency Brides: The Daughters of Aynsley series. Can you tell us more about the other books in this series?

Sure! Caroline Hatherleigh is the eldest daughter of the very rich Viscount Aynsley, and each book in the series tells the story of one of the sisters. Underestimating Miss Cecilia releases July 23, and shows how shy, sweet middle sister Cecilia learns to overcome other people expectations and her own - as well as the challenges of unrequited love.

The third book in the series is Misleading Miss Verity, releasing November 19, which shows the youngest tomboyish sister’s adventures that take place in Scotland, including the restoration of a castle’s lost garden. If you like a feisty heroine, you’ll probably love Verity!

Thank you Caroline for stopping by and answering our questions!  So excited for A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh and the other books in the series. You can still get the pre-release price here on Amazon. 

Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher.

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena's Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, and A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc

Connect with her: website | facebook | pinterest | twitter | instagram

Friday, March 8, 2019

$25 Amazon Card Give-Away

Don't you love this photo?  It seems to be somewhere between a  Reading Rainbow episode and  a welcome spring picture!  

I am running a contest to Give-Away a $25 Amazon Card in honor of spring.  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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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Her Last Chance Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe

Her Last chance Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe is the fourth and final book inthe Big Heart Ranch series.  It is the story of Tripp Walker, the horse whisperer, and Hannah Vincent who shows up at Big Heart Ranch pregnant and with a sweet five year old claiming to be related to the owners.  The two have enough baggage to fill the back of Tripp’s pick-up truck, but they both have loving hearts and want to change. Through working together, a 100 day horse challenge and the encouragement of their friends they may find they can make things work.

I enjoyed reading Her last Chance Cowboy and found myself very engaged in the story.  Ms. Radcliffe is a charming author and her stories take on real life issues in a way that makes your cheer for her characters and reflect on your own life. The secondary characters are charming and just plain fun.   She has so many fun colloquialisms that I was laughing and smiling throughout the book. I will tell you there is one that involved Aqua Net hairspray that is worth buying this book just to read. Seriously. 

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This was  satisfying conclusion to the series.  It is a great story and I highly recommend it.  I was given a copy of the book by the publisher and not required to write a review.  

Originally from Western, N.Y., author Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina was a founding member and the manager of Seekerville, a 13 author blog, from 2008-2017. Seekerville has been a Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers award winner 2013-2017. 

An RWA Honor Roll member, Tina is also a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist for Oklahoma Reunion, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner for Mending the Doctor's Heart.  
Tina is thrilled to announce she is the 2018 ACFW Mentor of the Year and a 2018 ACFW Carol Award Finalist for Claiming Her Cowboy. 
She has also finaled/or won over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. As a short story writer, she has sold over two dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. 
Tina is a member of Romance Writers of America, including the Kiss of Death Chapter, FHL Chapter, Desert Rose Romance Writers, and the Valley of the Sun Romance Writers. a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Women's Fiction Writers Association.  A popular workshop speaker, she currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter

A Return of Devotion is the second book in the Haven Manor series by Krisit Ann Hunter. It follows Daphne Blakemoor and swoon worthy hero William, Marquis of Chemsford. Our heroine,Daphne, had a baby as a single mom and had gone into hiding. William, our hero, is trying desperately not to be like his father and move forward. Both characters are trying to forget their past and to make a new and better life. But, running into each other has made that complicated, and that is where this story begins.

I loved the story of Daphne and William and was drawn in from the first page after opening the stunning cover. This is a delightful read, and is regency writing at its best. The story includes a grand house, beautiful grounds, superb characters,a wonderful plot, sweet children, humor, an endearing heroine, and a hero you will fall in love with. Plus, moments to reflect on your relationship with God or wonder more about His role in your life.

To me what was also so impressive about this story was how Kristi Hunter was able to weave in all the different characters that were involved in such a complicated story, and the story flowed flawlessly. I could not put this book down, and highly recommend A Return of Devotion.

I received a free review copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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, January 15, 2019

The Rancher's Unexpected Baby by Jill Lynn

The Rancher's Unexpected Baby by Jill Lynn is a delightful read. The only problem I had with the book was the more I read the book. . . the closer it came to being finished. Which really is not a problem, but I was very sad when the story was over. The book drew me into the hero’s ranch and the story of Gage Frasier and Emma Wilder.

Jill is such a wonderful writer. The Unexpected Baby has romantic tension, lovable characters, and is just plain fun to read. The story starts when Gage becomes the Guardian of Hudson who was left to him by his friend Zeke after he was killed in a plane crash. Gage needs a babysitter and asks Emma for her help. She loves children and falls in love with Hudson. She also really likes Gage, and our hope is that his heart changes and they fall in love. But, he has vowed to never love again.

I highly recommend The Rancher's Unexpected Baby by Jill Lynn. Jill never disappoints and you will be glad you had the opportunity to read such a sweet story.
I was given the book 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, January 8, 2019

Flight of Fancy by Jen Turano is Fantastic

Flight of Fancy is the first book in Jen Turano’s new series American Heiresses. It is a fantastic book with an American heiress, a self-made hero, fun loving secondary characters, sweet children, dastardly villains, mystery, and a chicken named Elmer. But in addition to all this it is a story that helps you to evaluate your life, your goals, and your faith.

Our story centers around American Heiress, Isadora Delafield, who has lived a very sheltered life where she has not seen much of the world outside of her social circle. It was such fun to see a historical general store, a working farm, and a small town community through Izzie’s eyes. I found her perspective charming, informative, and very fun to read. It was how I imagine any of us who were not a part of the time period would have seen the world around us. Our hero is Mr. Ian MacKenzie, a self made man of fortune. He came from humble beginnings and his past has a way of creeping up and trying to influence his future. He was easy to root for and is enchanted with our heroine.

I am a huge Jen Turano fan and have read all of her books. But, I am going to say this is my new favorite. Flight of Fancy is everything a historical romance should be and more. You really do not want to miss out on reading it. I highly recommend it.
I was given the book by the publisher and not required to write a review.

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