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Reader Interview: Julie Baldridge
Julie: Psalm 51:10 – Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
TRD: If you could read only one fiction book for the rest of your life what book would you choose?
Julie: Courting Morrow Little By Laura Frantz – early Kentucky history, romance, and Red Shirt. Nothing else needed!
TRD: Which genre (within Christian Fiction) is your favorite to read?
Julie: Historical Romance
TRD: Who are your top five favorite authors?
1. Laura Frantz 2. Elizabeth Camden 3. Tamera Alexander 4. Karen Witemeyer 5. Amber Lynn Perry Do I have to stop?
TRD: What is the best thing an author or promoter can do to make you want to read their book?
Julie: Eye-catching cover! I think the cover can completely set the tone for the story. And the details better match the story! I will totally notice.
TRD: What is the best thing an author or promoter can do to make you want to read their book?
Julie: Avid Readers of Christian Fiction. I love getting new recommendations there as well as starting conversations about books.
Julie’s Thoughts On Audiobooks and A Review of “The Number Of Love” by Roseanna M. White
My latest reading love is audiobooks! I was hesitant to begin at first, because I was like, “Is this really reading?! Can I still get engrossed in the story?” I have discovered that the answer to both is a huge “YES!” Since I commute 70 miles each day that I work and my family travels a lot, this is the absolute best way to pass drive time.
There are some authors that I have discovered and LOVE that I have only “read” their books through audio versions. One of these authors is Roseanna M White. Her newest release, The Number of Love, was amazing!
Here’s the blurb:
Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.
Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.
First of all, I have to say that the narrator of this book was amazing! That can make or break an audiobook for me. If the story is good enough, I will continue with a narrator that isn’t great, but it definitely detracts from the overall experience. Back to the book at hand. The Number of Love has one of the most unique heroines I’ve ever read and the author absolutely brought her to life in the story. She had such a “voice” that you had no question about which character’s POV was being expressed just based on her words, thoughts, etc. And lets not forget the military hero. SWOON! I am so excited that this is the first book in a new series. I absolutely cannot wait for the second book to release!
Thanks for having me, Mandy! You’re the best and you know how much I love to talk books!
The Roll Of The Drums by: Jan Drexler
Happy Friday Reader Friends!
Today I’ll be sharing my honest review of The Roll Of The Drums by Jan Drexler. Last week on the blog post named First Line Fridays #2 I added the synopsis and author information for this book. Head over to that post to check it out. I don’t want to bore you with it by giving it to you twice. 😉 If you have read this book be sure to chime in in the comments and let me know what you thought about it. Let’s jump into my review!
Reading The Roll Of The Drums was my first time experiencing the writing of Jan Drexler. I love, love, love the fact that this book is about the Amish during the American Civil War. For me, it was the best of two worlds. I enjoyed seeing two of my favorite genres meshing in one incredible story. I fell in love with the characters from the start. In the beginning Ruby reminded me of a feisty Anne of Green Gables, and not only because of her red hair! But, as the book progressed I feel Ruby grew. I truly appreciate the Godly, Spiritual growth that was shown in this book from more than one character. As I read the growth within the characters it also ministered to me. People with real problems were presented. They were not perfect, bit like me, they served a perfect Savior, Jesus Christ!
If I had one complaint it would be that the phrase “for sure” was overused in an annoying way. It seems petty, I suppose, but it was ridiculous how many times it was in this book. I have read hundreds of Amish books, I have been to Amish Country several times, and have even had dinner in Amish households, and I have never heard an Amish person say for sure. That doesn’t mean some of them don’t use it, but it just seemed odd to me.
All in all it was a great read! I would like to thank Revell and Netgalley for my copy of this book.
This book gets…⭐⭐⭐⭐!
I hope this helps when deciding to read this title. It was a great book, and I’m glad I was introduced to this author. It will not be my last selection written by her! I pray you all have an awesome weekend.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. PSALM 33:12
First Line Fridays #2
The Spice King Review
Y’all!!!! We have to talk about The Spice King! I know, I know I’m late to The Spice King game, but I couldn’t read this book and let it pass without saying a word about it. You have to let me know…..Have you read it? What did you think? Will you forever be reading food labels? I will! Lol!
Here’s what The Spice King is all about.
Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building his very successful global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before it spirals out of control, he returns to his ancestral home to save his brother and sister before it’s too late.
As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to the notoriously private Delacroix plant collection. If she fails, she will be out of a job and the family farm in Kansas will go under. She has no idea that in gaining entrance to the Delacroix world, she will unwittingly step into a web of dangerous political intrigue far beyond her experience.
Unable to deny her attraction to the reclusive business tycoon, Annabelle will be forced to choose between her heart and loyalty to her country. Can Gray and Annabelle find a way through the storm of scandal without destroying the family Gray is fighting to save?
Elizabeth Camden has done it again! She found a subject I have never read about and made an awesome story surrounding that subject. The amount of historical facts are staggering, yet they are not laid onto the page as a boring list. The facts meld into the story, as if they are undercover. I was learning so much about American History without realizing that was what was happening. This book held shock, betrayal, patriotism, loyalty, love, and so much more. The Spice King is book one in a series of three. I am certainly looking forward to the second story.
First Line Friday #1
Today I’m joining other Christian Fiction bloggers in First Line Friday where I will post the first line of the book I am currently reading. Next it’s your turn to join in! In the comments below tell us the first line in the book you are reading or maybe the first line of the book located nearest to you at this time. Sound fun? It does to me! Let’s get started.
Now it’s your turn! Type those first lines in! I look forward to reading them. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.
First Line Fridays are hosted by Hoarding Books http://www.hoardingbooksblog.wordpress.com
I was invited to join by fellow blogger, The Becca Files. Please check out her blog. http://www.thebeccafiles.com
Happy Reading and Blessings Y’all!
Author Interview: Shannon McNear
Hello to all my reader friends! I have a wonderful book to bring to you today! The book is The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear. Although it is part of the Mayflower Bride series it is a standalone story. The sad part is that it doesn’t release until December 1st. I feel so passionately about this book that I wanted to announce it early so you can add it to your TBR pile now. For those of you who are not quite as obsessed with all things bookish, like me TBR is To Be Read. Ha! Before we get too far into the post I want to let you know that Mrs. McNear has agreed to giveaway a paperback or ebook of her novel, The Cumberland Bride, to one blessed reader who comments on this blog post. The contest will end at midnight on Sunday, October 6th. I would like to thank Mrs. McNear for being on the blog today and for being gracious enough to giveaway one of her awesome books. Me being a Kentucky girl the history in The Cumberland Bride is near and dear to my heart, so she chose the perfect title for the giveaway. Let’s get into the synopsis for The Rebel Bride.
Can Love Form Amidst Tensions of War? During the clash between Union and Confederacy, quiet Tennessean Pearl MacFarlane is compelled to nurse both Rebel and Yankee wounded who seek refuge at her family’s farm. She is determined to remain unmoved by the Yankee cause—until she faces the silent struggle of Union soldier Joshua Wheeler, a recent amputee. The MacFarlane family fits no stereotype Joshua believed in; still he is desperate to regain his footing—as a soldier, as a man, as a Christian—in the aftermath of his debilitating injury. He will use his time behind enemy lines to gather useful intelligence for the Union—if the courageous Rebel woman will stay out of the line of danger.
Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Rebel Brideby Shannon McNear.
My favorite time in history to read about is the American Civil War era, so I was won over on this book by simply reading the title. But then, I opened the cover and sank my teeth into story and, as they say, “That’s all she wrote!” This tale was told with most of the scenes taking place on the grounds of one farm. I didn’t realize this, of course, until I was nearly finished. Normally that would make for a mundane telling of a story, but that’s not the case with this book. Mrs. McNear weaves a tapestry that wows no matter the setting! Add The Rebel Bride to the December 1st block on your calendar so you won’t miss out on this epic wartime novel.
The Civil War. A time discussed often, but only on the surface. Most often the stories of this period are told from two perspectives- one being the plantation owner who wants to keep slaves, the other a person from the North who is fighting to abolish slavery. The Rebel Bride is an in depth tale from very different points of view. Perhaps ones not many have thought about. Shannon McNear definitely did research, and left no fact buried. Historically accurate this novel could act as a sort of textbook. Romantically this book could cause a Southern Belle to swoon. All wrapped up in a neat package, this read is a gift to every reader who chooses to crack open the cover.
TRD: If you could only choose two Bible Verses to guide your life what would they be?
Mrs. McNear: Only two??? How is that fair … LOL
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him. (Isaiah 64:4)
TRD: If you could read only one fiction book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Mrs. McNear: You like the tough questions, don’t you? 😊
Perelandra, by C.S. Lewis.
TRD: What is your least favorite part of getting a book from research to sitting on a shelf?
Mrs. McNear: Proofing the galleys. Seriously. I have to read SO slowly, to be sure I catch any mistakes, and the whole story just feels stupid to me at that pace.
TRD: What is your favorite part of that same process?
Mrs. McNear: I love the research—seriously! And seeing story threads jell. (Or is that, gel?) And the process of discovering who the characters are …
Oh, and the weary relief of typing, THE END. 😊
TRD: Your books are set in the 18th century. If you could choose anything from one of your character’s closet, shoebox, or jewelry box, what would it be?
Mrs. McNear: Believe it or not, a well-fitting set of stays. Because they’re the foundation for everything else that’s properly 18th century—and the piece of period wear I find most difficult to create and fit for myself.
I would really also love the moccasins Kate wears in The Cumberland Bride, though.
TRD: What can we expect from you in the upcoming year in the Christian fiction world? I know your fans want to know, including me. 🙂
Mrs. McNear: Well, after The Rebel Bride releases in December, The Blue Cloak releases March 2020, as part of Barbour’s True Colors series. This story was something a little different for me—historical romantic suspense meets true crime, a little (okay, a lot) on the dark side, but with what I pray is a strongly redemptive spiritual thread. And I just signed a contract for another novella—a generational Christmas collection titled Love’s Pure Light with Deb Raney, Susanne Dietze, and Janine Roche. Mine is set in 1919, on a train journey from Charleston, South Carolina, to either St. Louis or Kansas City, Missouri. That one is set to release December 2020, so … that’s a little more than a year. But there you go.
Thank you so much for having me!
I really enjoyed that interview and getting to know the sweet Shannon McNear a little better. I hope you enjoyed it as well. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of The Cumberland Bride!