One Perfect Year by Melinda Curtis | Prism Blog Tour & Giveaway

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One Perfect Year (A Harmony Valley Novel)One Perfect Year
(Harmony Valley #4)
Melinda Curtis
Adult Contemporary Romance
March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He’s coming up on her blind side

How can Shelby Hawkley forgive Gage Jamero for bailing on her when she needed him most? He and her husband, Nick, were the best part of her life. Now her former best friend is back, shaking up the widowed wine harvester’s world. The safest bet is to protect herself. Except Gage is awakening feelings that are decidedly unfriend-like.

Shelby is the woman Gage has secretly loved since high school. Starting over—together—could be the best dream he’s ever had. If only he can find the courage to say what he should have said all those years ago.

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Award winning, USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet and emotional romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, and the indie pubbed Bridesmaid series. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”. Melinda also writes independently published, hotter romances as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood’s Golden Age except a lot hotter.”

My Review:
This is my first time reading Melinda Curtis and let me just say….I’m in love!!!
I can’t believe I haven’t visited Harmony Valley sooner!
Although, One Perfect Year does not begin so harmoniously…
For one thing, the heroine Shelby is not too happy to see Gage, her former best friend. She even refers to him as Dead Gage, because he was M.I.A. when she felt she needed him the most. I understand her frustration and could empathize with her easily.
I loved Gage! He is sort of the nerdy-smart type of hero….which I LOVE!
He could never tell Shelby his true feelings for her back in high school.
I love reunion love stories and Melinda has crafted a fabulously romantic story about love and loss and hope for the future.
Supporting characters help make this story come alive.
This is a fantastic story that you won’t be able to put down! I love this town and can’t wait to revisit it in the other books in the series.

Tour-Wide Giveaway

Grand Prize: An Autographed Set of the first 3 Harmony Valley Books
(Dandelion Wishes, Summer Kisses, and Season of Change) (US only or ebooks to an international)

Additional Prizes:
– Happy Bee Day Mug with candy and Sweet and Heartwarming Bracelet (US
only – if international winner pulled then a single ebook from author’s back list)
– Bee Salt and Pepper Shaker and Sweet and Heartwarming Bracelet (US
only – if international winner pulled then a single ebook from author’s back list)

Ends March 15th

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Paper Hearts- Courtney Walsh | Book Review & FREE Chapter

PAPER HEARTS
by
Courtney Walsh

*** Special THANK YOU to Tyndale for providing me with a review copy. My review is my own personal opinion.***

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

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Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As a business owner in a quaint town at the base of the Rockies, she’s poured everything into dreams of expansion . . . and resisting the matchmaking efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, who gather in her store to continue Loves Park’s tradition of stamping mail with the city’s romantic postmark.

When Abigail is unwillingly drafted into the Volunteers, she encounters the paper hearts, a distraction that couldn’t come at a worse time. A hard-to-read doctor has become Abigail’s new landlord, and he’s threatening to end her lease to expand his practice.

As she fights a growing attraction to this handsome man crushing her dreams, Abigail is inspired to string the hearts in her store, sparking a citywide infatuation with the artsy trend. But when a new batch of hearts reaches the Volunteers, it appears something tragic has happened to the couple. Will uncovering their story confirm Abigail’s doubts about love, or could it rescue her dreams . . . and her heart?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Her debut novel, “A Sweethaven Summer,” hit the “New York Times” and “USA Today” e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two more books in the Sweethaven Summer series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives in Illinois with her husband and three children.

MY REVIEW

Paper Hearts is pure delight from start to finish!
Loves Park is a small town built on love and romance. There’s even a group of semi-meddling women, the Valentine Volunteers who play part-time Cupid as letters pour in from lovers and the broken-hearted.
Abigail Pressman (granddaughter of the town’s tender hearted founders) has been unlucky in love so far and every one in town just knows she’s destined to be a lonely spinster. But Abigail has more on her heart than finding her happily ever after…like expanding her beloved bookstore, The Book Nook.
Her new landlord…Jacob Willoughby, the handsome doctor who’s new to town is threatening to send Abigail’s dreams crashing to the ground with plans of his own.
The author has done a fabulous job of creating an entire town of characters…this story really comes to life in full color on the page!
I could empathize with Abigail and her frustration at Jacob and his pushy business partner Kelly (ugh! just read the book and you’ll understand). I loved the tender moments between Jacob and his daughter Junie (tissues, please!) I LOVE the Book Nook (I want to live here!!!) there were very hilarious and eye-rolling moments with Teensy (Abigail’s some-what overbearing mother) and the ladies of the Valentine Volunteers (Ursula!!! again….read the book and you’ll understand!)
This book make me “feel” and when a book can do that…it’s an extraordinary thing. When an author can suck me in like this, it is a rare thing. This is such a sweet story, but I think the thing that makes Paper Hearts so special is that Abigail and Jacob are both dealing with their own pain and heart-ache and are not necessarily looking for love. They both have issues with God and question His silence.
I believe GiGi said it best…”the very best love stories are the ones that are flawed and full of forgiveness and pain and joy and challenges and happiness. All these things make up a love story.”
I would love to see more books in Loves Park from Courtney:)

*****5/5 STARS- LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!*****

Saddle Up & Win Big w/ Debra Clopton’s “Betting On Hope”!

Saddle up for a new romance from novelist Debra Clopton, Betting on Hope! In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires. Enter to win a Kindle Fire HD 6 to celebrate the release of…
Betting On Hope
by
Debra Clopton

*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher & LitFuse for providing me with a review copy. My review is my own personal opinion***

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

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A bet gone wrong. A small town’s meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.

Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it’s beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie’s bosses know this is the opportunity she’s been looking for to launch her career—and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.

Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he’d like, but he knows it’s the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru’s fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do—for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

MY REVIEW

Debra Clopton’s Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series is off to a spectacular start with “Betting On Hope”!

Champion horse trainer Tru Monahan and clutzy advice columnist Maggie Hope shine in this heartwarming small-town romance.
Tru is trying to keep the family ranch afloat and Maggie is determined to save her advice column. A misspoken word turns into city girl Maggie spending the next two months with Tru- training her to ride a horse. With an entire town watching, can Tru and Maggie find their happily ever after?

This story is so sweet and cute and fun and funny. The characters just took me into their world from the start. I love the town of Wishing Springs and am thrilled to know that there are more books coming. The love of family shines through Tru’s interaction with Papa…a character who touched my heart deeply, and Jenna- this entire side-story was just brilliant!

These are not just your typical cookie-cutter characters…Maggie is struggling with a secret from her past and Tru has a secret of his own that will affect his future. I loved watching the relationship develop between these two. The author kept me riveted until the very end.

*****5/5 STARS- LOVE LOVE LOVE IT; GET YOUR OWN COPY!!!*****

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One grand prize winner will receive:
A Kindle Fire
A copy of Betting on Hope

Enter today by clicking HERE. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 8th. Winner will be announced March 9th HERE on Debra’s blog.

FALLEN- Annie Lobert | Book Review

After more than a decade as a victim of the commercial sex industry, Annie Lobert shares not only her redemption story but those of others involved in sex trafficking…

FALLEN
Out of the Sex Industry and Into the Arms of the Savior
by
Annie Lobert

*** Special THANK YOU to Worthy for providing me with a review copy. My review is my own personal opinion.***

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

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Annie Lobert was not so different from most girls. She grew up in a small town and had common struggles with friends, school, and boys. Her home was filled with turmoil, and, as happens far too often, she was sexually abused by a family friend. She knew heartache, but she didn’t know love. Sadly, Annie’s story is not uncommon.

Feeling unloved, used, and abused as a little girl, Annie Lobert struggled to find self-worth. Lured by the almighty dollar, she was drawn toward the seductive whispers and open arms of the sex industry, believing its false promises of security, adoration, value, and love. From her first stint testing the waters in Hawaii, Annie collected an easy few thousands dollars sometimes for as little as taking off her clothes. Greed consumed her, the money an easy remedy to numb her brokenness. She made her way to the lights of glamorous Las Vegas, where she became one of the most sought-after high-class escorts, fielding calls from celebrities, musicians, politicians, and other men with endless supplies of cash.

But the lights weren’t that bright. All that glitters isn’t gold. And it wasn’t long before the dream of getting all she ever wanted became the nightmare that plunged her into the darkest time of her life.

From her sixteen-year journey being owned by a violent pimp who took every dollar and beat her multiple times within inches of her life, to finding herself behind bars over twenty times, to being raped numerous times, to being diagnosed with and treated for cancer, Annie eventually found herself battered by emotional and physical trauma and at death’s door from a drug overdose. That’s when she finally surrendered to the love of a beckoning Savior.

Today, Annie is redeemed. Healed. Free. Through her harrowing account in the dark clutches of the sex trafficking industry and the miraculous deliverance she experienced in the arms of Jesus, readers will be encouraged knowing that no matter how far you have fallen, God loves you and wants to save you from the depths of any pain, trauma, addiction, or abuse, and to give you a new life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Annie Lobert is a survivor of more than a decade of sex trafficking—working as an exotic dancer and a highclass escort prostituted in Hawaii, Minneapolis, and Las Vegas. She is an internationally recognized expert and advocate of ministry to men and women in the commercial sex industry from her personal experience. She and her husband, Oz Foxx, lead guitarist for the rock band Stryper, live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

MY REVIEW

Annie Lobert is a true survivor.
In her book Fallen, she recounts years of abuse in the sex industry.
But how does a normal teenage girl end up here?
Annie shares this as well.
Growing up feeling unloved and unwanted by the men in her life, she craved attention, affection and love.
Annie believed she had finally found it in a man named Julian, but he would only use and abuse her again and again and again.
This book was hard to read, I found myself clenching my jaw through the painful parts- hurting for Annie and all of the other women in the world going through this hell on earth.
Why not run? Just leave this terrible life behind?
Annie explains…in vivid detail.
Does not Satan himself masquerade as an angel of light?
Annie’s story is heart-wrenching.
It made me cry, it made me angry.
It opened my eyes to the reality I can no longer ignore.
These women need a Savior…thank God for Annie, her testimony and her ministry.

*****5/5 STARS- A MUST-READ!*****

GIVEAWAY & REVIEW | TWISTED INNOCENCE BY TERRI BLACKSTOCK

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Twisted Innocence
by
Terri Blackstock

*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher & LitFuse for providing me with a review copy. My review is my own personal opinion***

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

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Holly Cramer’s past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.

Though Holly’s stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily’s father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family—she never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he’s a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.
Determined to keep him out of their lives and turn him over to police, Holly uses her private investigating skills to search for him. But her bravado backfires when he turns the tables and takes her and the baby hostage. As desperate hours tick by, Holly realizes his connection to Leonard Miller—the man who has gunned down several members of her family. Creed claims he’s innocent and that Miller is after him too. His gentleness with Lily moves her, but she can’t trust a man who has held her at gunpoint . . . even if he reminds her so much of herself.
Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Terri Blackstock has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of “Intervention,” “Vicious Cycle,” and “Downfall,” as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, Restoration, and Moonlighters.

MY REVIEW

What an epic conclusion to a riveting series!!!
I absolutely loved getting to know more of Holly’s story. Holly is a sort of broken character, who has made some mistakes in her past and is now living in the light of God’s grace. She is such a “real” character….not just a cookie-cutter Christian, but someone I think we all can relate to. Getting her family to believe she has changed presents conflict in the story as events play out.
I do not want to give away too many details for this story. I will say that Terri has done a marvelous job with these characters. She keeps the suspense coming strong and ties up all the loose ends.
This story can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone, although you will want to read all the books in the series…because they are soooo good.
To me, Twisted Innocence reminded me that God works all things together for good. That means He even uses broken people, mistakes….the good, the bad and yes, even the ugly things in our lives to bring about good.
I’m sad this series is over. I love Terri and cannot wait to see what she cooks up next!

*****5/5 STARS- LOVE LOVE LOVE IT; GET YOUR OWN COPY!!!*****

Celebrate the series’ final release by entering Terri’s Nook giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

A Nook GlowLight
The entire Moonlighters series

Enter today by clicking HERE. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 8th. Winner will be announced March 9th on the Litfuse blog.