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Christmas Countdown Blitz 2019 ~ Day 15

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Lost Shepherd
by Mike Judson

 
Day 15 CCB CoverJust who were the shepherds that were singled out from among earth’s inhabitants to hear the angelic announcement of Christ’s birth? What made them so special, or what uniquely qualified them to be His first witnesses? The Bible tells us very little about them. Now there is an answer!

Eleazar grows up awash in a culture of shepherding, but not among ordinary sheep. No, the flocks he and his companions tend are destined for sacrifice on the altar of the great temple at Jerusalem. Like his fathers before him, his life’s work fuels the faith of a nation that tirelessly awaits the signs of their long-foretold Messiah. But unforeseen circumstances lead Eleazar away from his purposeful existence and onto a path of doubt and life-altering decisions that threaten to destroy both his faith and his future. Only the miraculous power of the Christ Child can reclaim him and restore to him to a life of hope and peace—and to an understanding of his importance as a shepherd in Israel.

Lost Shepherd is a tale of real hope and redemption, of faith lost and reclaimed. Let the story transport you back in time as you discover anew the timeless healing power found only in the Savior Jesus Christ.

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Day 15 CCB Author“Who were THOSE shepherds, and why were they so favored?” That one question stirred the imagination of author Michael I. Judson and led to the creation of Lost Shepherd, the fictional backstory of the first witnesses to the birth of the precious Babe of Bethlehem. After you read Lost Shepherd, watch for his answers to other compelling questions (his next books!)

When he’s not writing, he has a large family to love, gardens to grow, fun places to see, ancestors to discover, and even chickens to raise! He also has a full-time job that occupies the bulk of his waking hours. Though still a few years off, retirement beckons with aspirations of writing (with all the fun imagining and discovery that goes with it) becoming his full-time pursuit.

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1. I’ve been a professional business writer for more than 30 years. Lost Shepherd is my first published work of fiction. 

2. I have plans to make writing books a full-time pursuit in retirement.

3. I was an avid runner and ran competitively at the high school and NCAA Division 1 levels (800m, 1500m, cross country)

4. I am an amateur genealogist and love learning about my ancestors.

5. I am an avid gardener and grow more than 50 different varieties of fruits and vegetables each year.

6. i am raising chickens this year for the first time and enjoying many eggs, and the compost they produce for my garden.

7. I am a father of five and grandfather of 9 (so far).

8. I was raised in Northern California and now live in the Rocky Mountains, where I enjoy mountain biking and hiking.

9. I love Christmas and usually start listening to Christmas music soon after Halloween.

10. I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world! (35 years and counting).

 

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Autumn/Halloween Countdown Blitz 2019

Day 3

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An Agent for Jessica by Julia Ridgmont (pen name for Laura Walker)

To guard his heart or protect two little girls . . . Is he willing to risk it all?

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Day 3 ACB CoverPinkerton detective Chas Bryant’s last job for the agency is supposed to be easy—deliver a cache of stolen items back to Mount Vernon after recovering them from profiteers. Soon, however, Chas discovers that nothing in this case is simple. When he’s called upon to search for a little girl gone missing after her parents are murdered, there’s only one woman who can help him . . . but he’ll need to make her his wife in order to complete the investigation.

Jessica Flanders is only trying to rescue her younger sister from a fate bleaker than death. How can the powers that be possibly think that separating them from each other is a good idea? Jessica made a dying promise to her parents. Now she needs Chas’s help to get her sister back, but when they dig deeper into the matter, they discover another little girl with an even greater need for being rescued.

Soon it becomes clear that someone else is searching for the missing girl, too. Can they keep her safe until the case is solved and the murderers are caught? If so, Chas and Jessica will need to forge a bond that is stronger than the evil forces surrounding them, and in the process, a love that will never be lost.

Read each of the Pinkerton Matchmaker stories in any order. These agents give the phrase “married to your work” a whole new meaning!

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Day 3 ACB AuthorJulia Ridgmont grew up in the American West, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she knows how to ride a horse. What it does mean, however, is that she loves to weave the country’s rich history into riveting tales full of romance and intrigue.

When she’s not writing, Julia enjoys cooking, sewing costumes for her children, spending time with her husband, and watching her children perform in sports or plays—or, if she’s really bored or stuck on a plot twist, cleaning the house. She also writes contemporary inspirational romance under her real name, Laura L. Walker.

Follow Julia as she unveils heroes whose strength and courage are only surpassed by their tenderness, and heroines who hide their lonely hearts with a cover of steel. It will take overcoming insurmountable odds and an iron will for them to find a love that lasts forever. Luckily, they have Julia to help them along.

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Top Ten List:

10 Fun Facts About Me (Julia Ridgmont):

1. I love learning history!
2. I love chocolate sundaes.
3. I’m a lefty.
4. I’m a native Arizonan and have lived there all my life. Arizona sunsets are among my favorite things.
5. I’m a wife and mother of six.
6. I enjoy cooking and sewing, although I don’t have much time for them these days.
7. I love to watch old movies.
8. My dad was my high school tennis coach.
9. I met my husband in June one summer and we were engaged two months later.
10. My husband, who has a background in criminal justice, often helps me plot the more suspenseful parts of my stories. He’s a great guy to have around!

 

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Saturday Spotlight

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D: Revenge Hits London by Chris Turnbull

 
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The events in Whitby have left all those involved shaken. With a murderer still at large, and his target believing him to have been arrested, there is only a matter of time before their paths cross again.

Humiliated by the woman he loves, D seeks revenge, and will stop at nothing until he sees Victoria pay for the torment she has brought upon him. With Detective Matthews out of the way, his plan surely can’t fail.

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My Review:

A fabulous follow up to D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret.

Victoria and Albert have returned to London, after the events in Whitby, and they’ve taken Tom with them and given him a home. They all believe that the killer has been caught. Unfortunately, they’re wrong and he’s on their trail.

Victoria’s sister, Lucy, is staying with them following the death of her husband and her visits, on her own, to a church and a public house give D the opportunity to befriend her, as a means of getting back at Victoria.

This book, like the previous one, is written mainly from Victoria and D’s points of view, along with chapters from Tom, Lucy and Detective Matthews. This brings insight into the thoughts and motives behind the characters actions and allows you to get to know them.

At the risk of repeating myself, I was once again walking in Victoria’s shoes, this time, through a dangerous 1900’s London.

Another great book from Chris Turnbull, with an unexpected twist at the end… and the possibility of more to come in this series.

 

About The Author:

13781487Chris has always been a keen reader and writer, he loves the feeling of been drawn into a good book and the escapism into another world after a long day at work.

In 2013, after finishing his first full story Chris decided that he wanted to get it professionally edited in the hope to print it out for himself. After very little persuasion Chris finally released time travel story The Vintage Coat on Amazon and had a successful book launch in Leeds.

Chris was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire in England.

The eldest of two sons Chris originally wanted to become a dog groomer and trained in this field before working on a farm in the grooming room as well as helping with the dog hydrotherapy.

After a few years, Chris moved on and found a job at Bradford University working with PhD students in the Biology labs. Chris enjoyed nearly 7 years there before moving over to York University to take on a similar, be it more senior role.

Chris now lives on the outskirts of York with his partner and their Jack Russell terrier.

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D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret by Chris Turnbull

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LESS than 3 years after the release of Bram Stokers novel Dracula, Whitby is tormented by a diehard fan who sees Dracula as his role model; and it isn’t long before women are being murdered, and the residents of Whitby are scared to leave their homes.

WHEN a young lady from London, who has travelled to Whitby with her new husband, is targeted, it is a race against time to catch this cloaked monster before he kills again.

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My Review:

I don’t often read historical fiction, but the cover and blurb (Whitby and Dracula) caught my attention on this one.

From the beginning of the book, I was transported back in time to join Victoria and her husband, Albert, as they spend a week in Whitby for a belated honeymoon, and for Alberts political career, which leaves Victoria on her own quite often. Victoria is completely unaware that she has caught the attention of a disturbed and dangerous killer, who believes that he is in love with her and that she shares those feelings.

It’s a race against time as Detective Matthews tries to catch the killer before Victoria becomes his next victim.

Being told mainly from Victoria and D’s points of view, helps you to understand the danger that Victoria is in, as well as adding insight to D’s deranged mind. There’s also some occasional input from Detective Matthews, and from Tom, a helpful local boy working at the hotel, who Victoria takes a shine to.

The characters are well rounded and believable. My favourite was Tom, who despite being an orphan was a polite and lovable boy.

This book took me on a suspenseful journey into the 1900s and had me walking in Victoria shoes, rather than watching the action at a distance.

(I’m glad I read the prequel, D: Darkest Beginnings, first)

 

About The Author:

13781487Chris has always been a keen reader and writer, he loves the feeling of been drawn into a good book and the escapism into another world after a long day at work.

In 2013, after finishing his first full story Chris decided that he wanted to get it professionally edited in the hope to print it out for himself. After very little persuasion Chris finally released time travel story The Vintage Coat on Amazon and had a successful book launch in Leeds.

Chris was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire in England.

The eldest of two sons Chris originally wanted to become a dog groomer and trained in this field before working on a farm in the grooming room as well as helping with the dog hydrotherapy.

After a few years, Chris moved on and found a job at Bradford University working with PhD students in the Biology labs. Chris enjoyed nearly 7 years there before moving over to York University to take on a similar, be it more senior role.

Chris now lives on the outskirts of York with his partner and their Jack Russell terrier.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

 
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. The weekly Meme wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading.

  • Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

27405116As I opened the curtain slightly I could see that the grey sky above looked menacing and threatened rain. I looked down, and there, standing alone in the deserted street looking straight back up towards me was the gentleman from last night, his eyes piercing mineas we caught each other’s stare.

~D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret by Chris Turnbull

 

Before We Died by Joan Schweighardt

Before We Died

Title: Before We Died
Series: Rivers, #1
Author: Joan Schweighardt
Genre: Historical Fiction, Action & Adventure
Publication Date: September 15, 2018
 

40102009Two young men battle corruption, the forces of nature, and their own weaknesses (including the issue of their love for the same woman) in the deepest part of the Brazilian jungle:

 
In 1908 two Irish American brothers leave their jobs on the docks of Hoboken, NJ to make their fortune tapping rubber trees in the South American rainforest. They expect to encounter floods, snakes, malaria, extreme hunger and unfriendly competitors, but nothing prepares them for the psychological hurdles that will befall them.

 
BEFORE WE DIED, the first in a three-book “rivers” series, is a literary adventure novel set against the background of the South American rubber boom, a fascinating but little known historical moment.

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Author Information:

joan-schweighardt2Joan Schweighardt is the award-winning author of The Accidental Art Thief, The Last Wife Of Attila The Hun, Virtual Silence and other novels.

Joan grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey and lived in Broward County in Florida and Ulster County in New York before moving to Bernalillo County, New Mexico. In addition to her own book projects, she writes, edits and ghostwrites for private and corporate clients.

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A-Z: Books I’ve Read

 

A-ZE is for Emotion

 

The Storm Creature

Maria Gibbs

At eighteen, Lucy had everything going for her: a supportive family, a rapt audience, and her dream of becoming a published author about to be realized.

A single moment in time on a dark, rainy road changes things forever.

That was then, but this is now. Lucy has suffered through eight years of haunting visions and thoughts with every raging storm thanks to a tempestuous storm creature who torments her. What does the baleful creature want with Lucy? Will the troubled woman ever be able to let go of the past and forgive herself?

Or will she sacrifice everything she holds dear?

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The Storm Creature: Review

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An intriguing short story that hooked me on page one and kept my attention to the end. I was glad to be able to read it in one sitting, as I didn’t want to put it down.

The descriptive, and almost poetic, writing created a creepy and tense atmosphere. It was an emotional book, with a tragic ending, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

This is the first book by Maria Gibbs that I’ve read and I’m certain it won’t be the last.

Maria Gibbs:

Author, dreamer, loves travel, crafting, speed, horse-riding & music. Finds inspiration in many things, bursting with enthusiasm…maybe too much sometimes!

 

Raining Down Rules

B.K. Rivers

Jemma Bowers hasn’t kissed anyone in over a thousand days. She knows—she’s counted.

For twenty-year-old Jemma, rules are not meant to be broken…even if she’s the one who created them. Friendships have boundaries, relationships mean trouble, and don’t even get her started on sex. Haunted by the death of her mother and her father’s abandonment, Jemma finds herself hungry for something meaningful and permanent, but is afraid of what may happen if she pursues it.

Jordan Capshaw can’t fight his addiction. Not even if it will cost him his career…

When Jemma finds Jordan drunk and barefoot in the street, she convinces him to get in her car. Aside from the fact he’s the lead singer of her favorite band and pretty much the rock star of her dreams, she quickly realizes his addiction is a monster neither of them can control.

Who knew choosing between a rock star and a fireman could be so difficult?

Emotions run high as Jemma soon finds herself caught between the troubled rock star and her growing affections for Vic Harper, a swoon-worthy firefighter from her past. But when her grandmother passes away, leaving her with no other family, Jemma’s world falls apart.

To save herself from further heartbreak, she risks it all by breaking her own rules, and putting her heart on the line.

After all, the heart just might be the biggest rule breaker of them all.

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Raining Down Rules: Review

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A fun, fast and entertaining read, with a depth of emotion I didn’t expect.

There’s an interesting cast of well-developed characters, and there’s some great chemistry between them.

The ending was unpredictable and I wondered, whilst reading, who she would choose (I was happy with her decision)!

Mainly written from Jemma and Jordans point of view, I think it’a shame we didn’t get more from Vic’s point of view as well.

B.K. Rivers:

BK Rivers grew up riding through rolling fields of grain on horseback, driving hay trucks and catching frogs in a silver creek. She traded country life for the big city when she married the love of her life, but the heart always returns to the country.

When she’s not writing, she can be found baking anything sweet, in fact it’s been said her brownies are so good they save marriages.

The inspiration for her novels comes in many forms, but mostly from her Gotye channel on Pandora. She writes young adult and new adult novels to the beat of Gotye, Snow Patrol and many others.

 

A Casualty of Grace

Lisa Brown

When ten-year-old Oliver and his younger brother are unexpectedly orphaned, they are left with nobody to care for them. A promise to his dying mother means Oliver must now step up. As the workhouse looms and the threat of being torn apart becomes painfully real, Oliver sees the offer of a good home together in distant Canada as their salvation. His fears are eased, but not for long.

After being separated from his brother, fate delivers Oliver to the Pritchard farm, where Liza Pritchard, a woman struggling with her own fractured and afflicted life, sees in Oliver the family she so desperately wants. But Oliver has to contend with her husband, an angry and violent man, and he can’t see past the terrible life he has been thrust into. Both Oliver and Liza have much to learn about faith and forgiveness, and together they embark on an emotional journey that will change each of them forever.

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A Casualty of Grace: Review

26863388This touching and emotional story follows Oliver on his journey to manhood, after losing his parents, being forcefully transported to Canada and being ‘adopted’ by a family far from his home.

It is a realistic, thoroughly researched historical fiction that flows well.

All the characters are thoughtfully developed and I felt for Oliver, Simon, Liza and even, towards the end, for the cruel and flawed, Pritchard.

I was a little disappointed with the ending, which seemed rushed and was set many years after the main story.

Lisa Brown :

Lisa Brown is an avid lover of historical fiction and genealogy. Work on her own family tree began with a desire to reach beyond her Canadian roots and learn more about herself. She is intrigued by the natural order of life, of the sometimes serendipitous and sometimes cataclysmic results of singular moments in time, and how they can echo down through the generations.

Digging into the past led to the discovery of a wealth of fascinating people, places, and events, and an insatiable desire to tell some of their stories.

 

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