Monday, August 26, 2013

CFBA Blog Tour - "In Golden Splendor" by Michael K. Reynolds

#Christianfiction, #Irish

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
 is introducing
In Golden Splendor

B&H Books
Michael Reynolds


Michael K. Reynolds is the writer and producer of Emmy and Telly Award-winning film campaigns and has more than two decades of experience in fiction, journalism, copywriting, and documentary production. He owns Global Studio, a marketing agency, and is also an active leader in church and business, speaking in both ministry and corporate settings. Michael lives with his wife and three children in Reno, Nevada.

Irish immigrant Seamus Hanley is a lost soul, haunted by his past as a U.S. Army deserter and living alone in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains in 1849. But after witnessing a deadly stage coach crash, he finds purpose in the scattered wreckage -- a letter with a picture of a beautiful and captivating woman named Ashlyn living in San Francisco at the height of the Gold Rush. Moved by her written plea for help, he abandons all and sets out on an epic journey across the wild and picturesque American frontier. While being pursued by those who want to hang him, Seamus encounters fascinating characters including a young Pauite Indian who makes the ultimate sacrifice in helping Seamus to cross the snowy Yosemite Valley. Battered but changed for the better, Seamus reaches San Francisco on Christmas Eve as the city burns in the tragic fire of 1849. But there is little time for rest, as an even greater, more harrowing adventure involving Ashlyn is about to begin.

If you would like to read the first chapter of In Golden Splendor, go HERE.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Book Review - "The Mark of Salvation" by Carol Umberger

The Scottish Crown Series ( Book 3) 

Book Description
What do you do when your captor becomes more than a friend? 

When asking for help means risking a man’s very life? 

When love simply cannot happen . . . and you know it already has?

Countess Orelia Radbourne came north with her husband, expecting to claim a new estate once the English army trounced the rebel Scots. But her beloved is now dead, the Scots have won the day, and she is at the enemy’s mercy, guarded by a scowling soldier named Ceallach--a haunted and hunted man whose emotional scars are even worse than his physical ones. Yet he is also loyal and patient, and his steadiness soothes Orelia’s grief in ways she never expected.

Almost against their wills they forge a bond, though a long-ago vow forbids their love. Besides, her future is in England . . . and Orelia must return home to claim an inheritance. Ceallach promises to come if she ever needs him, though she knows she will never ask. But when the countess realizes her greedy in-laws will stop at nothing—even murder—to keep the inheritance from being passed on, she realizes she has only one place to turn.

My Review
As everyone who knows me, knows I love Scottish historical romances--especially if they are Christian fiction. This is a touching book, a heart-warming, emotional story showing a widow overcoming her grief and a man who needs to accept his past in order to move forward with his future. The characters are personable, but with flaws that do not make them seem too perfect. The story line is believable and compelling. The Scottish time period of the late medieval era is intriguing and the way Carol Umberger writes, draws you into the story, painting history as if it is still that way today. Unlike most people, I would have liked a little more of the Scottish brogue in the dialogue, but it is a great read and a novel I would highly recommend.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

2013 Reading Scotland Challenge


Join the adventure!
Read anything Scottish this year!

Create your own public post of participation
at Goodreads, on FB, Pinterest, etc

The more genres we explore the richer our experience.
Poetry, history, biography, memoir, essays, fiction, YA,
children’s, contemporary, mystery, romance, fantasy,
spiritual, time travel, photography, recipe books..
Whatever involves Scotland,
whether author, location, subject, is on target.

Then determine your level of involvement  ~
Bairn at 1 – 3 books
Lass at 4 - 7
Laird at 8 - 11
Queen of Scots at 12 +

Pick up your participation button [top]!

Wanting to add a Scottish themed Giveaway during the year?
Definitely welcomed!
All who complete their posted commitment level
will be entered for a surprise Scottish treat
at the conclusion of the Challenge Nov 30th 2013!
Looking forward to sharing our Scottish adventures!
When tweeting about the challenge ,
Please use hashtag #ReadingScotland
THANKS for joining us!