Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Chappy's Log 10 . 01 . 2019

Ahoy Mateys! Welcome aboard me blog again this month! Chappy be readin' TWO great books in September.  

What I be readin'/reviewin' in September 2019:


 Once Upon a Dickens Christmas
by  Michelle Griep


Three Delightful Christmas Tales from Beloved Storyteller Michelle Griep

Pour yourself a cuppa, get lost in the merriment of the season, and enjoy a Dickensian Christmas in three stories from fan favorite Michelle Griep:

12 Days a Bleakly Manor: Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

A Tale of Two Hearts: Pleasure seeker William Barlow needs a wife immediately to gain his uncle’s inheritance, and Mina Scott is just the girl to make him look respectable—too bad she turns him down. Ought he give her a second chance?

The Old Lace Shop: Recently widowed Bella White is finally freed from the domination of the overbearing men in her life, but when she enters into a business partnership with the handsome Edmund Archer, she begins to wonder if marriage is worth a second chance.


Me Review:

 3 Great Stories

Any Dickens fan will truly enjoy these three stories. I'd already read the first two stories in this collection and loved them. The third book is the icing on the cake. Each story is a delight and lets you step into a world of intrigue, love and adventure. I highly recommend this collection and any other books by Ms. Griep.
A fan for life.


Get Yer Copy of  : HERE


About the Author: 

Michelle Griep 

I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write--except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.

You can find Michelle at:
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/michellegriep/ 
Website:    https://michellegriep.com/
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/MichelleGriep
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michellegriep/?hl=en


Lessons on Love 
Susanne Dietze
Rita Gerlach
Kathleen L. Maher
Carrie Fancett Pagels

4 Teachers Find More Than They Bargained for in Their Contracts

Something Old, Something New by Kathleen L. Maher
New York, 1840s
Her father’s sudden death makes Gilda Jacobs the new schoolmaster, but to teach Christian curriculum she partners with fire-and-brimstone revivalist Joshua Blake, who learns a lesson in love.

Love in Any Language by Susanne Dietze
Kansas, 1870
Mary Clarence teaches English to the children of Swedish immigrants, but when her favorite students’ widowed father, Kristofer Nilsson, is accused of robbery, she’s determined to clear his name.

In Desperate Straits by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Mackinac Island, Michigan, 1894
Desperate for work, Margaret Hadley dresses as a young man to secure a dray driver’s position. When soldiers at the fort threaten her, Mackinac Island’s newest teacher, Jesse Huntington, intervenes.

A Song in the Night by Rita Gerlach
Virginia, 1904
Karin Wiles longs to share the uplifting power of music with children. But when she seeks to improve a poorly run school and include orphans, Nathaniel Archer delivers harsh words of opposition from the school board.

Me Review: 

Lovely stories

This is a nice collection of short stories written by four wonderful authors. Each story introduces a teacher, which I enjoyed a lot....having taught Sunday School for 25+ years. Strong characters and vivid descriptions help to move each story along, allowing the reader to truly envision each scene. These stories take place between 1840 and 1904, when teaching was totally different from today. They had some pretty strict rules. I enjoyed these stories, but I also learned quite a bit. I highly recommend this collection.


Get Yer Copy :  HERE


About the Authors: 

Susanne Dietze

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the RITA® nominated, award-winning author of over a dozen romances with Timeless Heart. A pastor's wife and mom of two, she loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama. Visit her website, www.susannedietze.com, and sign up for her newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bRldfv

Rita Gerlach

Rita Gerlach lives in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountains, amid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts in central Maryland. She was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in a large family in the Maryland suburbs.

"Romantic historical fiction that has an inspirational bent, is one way people can escape the cares of life and be transported back to a time of raw courage and ideal love," she says. "The goal of my writing is to give readers a respite from a stressful world and give them hope."

In many of her stories, she writes about the struggles endured by early colonists, with a sprinkling of both American and English history. Her genre - Inspirational Historical Romance / Drama.

Rita incorporates into her newer fiction what she learned through her journey --- courage, faith, and the precious gift of family and friendship.

Visit Rita's website at http://ritagerlach.wordpress.com/

Kathleen Maher

"Where every underdog has his day."
Kathleen L. Maher's first crush was Peter Rabbit, and she's loved conflicted heroes ever since. She has two novellas in BARBOUR BOOKS' collections: Victorian Christmas Brides and Lessons on Love. Winner ACFW Genesis Award. Author of Sons of the Shenandoah Series: The Abolitionist's Daughter and The Chaplain's Daughter.
Kathleen and her husband live in an old farmhouse in upstate NY with their children and a small zoo.

Find Kathleen on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mahereenie
facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/KLMaherAuthor/
pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kathleenlmaher/boards/
goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2531698-kathleen-l
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kathleen-l-maher

Carrie Fancett Pagels

Award-winning author of eighteen Christian historical romances. Her novel My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring received a Romantic Times Top Pick (Barbour, July 2017) and her colonial-era novel, Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter (White Rose,  June, 2016) received an RT starred review. Carrie loves living in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, where she is surrounded by history!  
You can find Carrie here:
Twitter:            https://twitter.com/cfpagels
Website:          https://www.carriefancettpagels.com/
Blogs:                   https://cfpagels.blogspot.com/
Bible Journaling:

Here be some of me newest Bible drawin's.   

See all of me pages HERE.

                         Congratulations to me last month winners!

Jackie, ye be winnin' me Pirate Box and an ebook copy of Falling In by Linore Burkard.

Debra, ye be winnin' an ebook copy of Three French Hens by Linore Burkard and a print copy of TheYellow Lantern by Angie Dicken.




Well, that be all fer this month, Mateys!  See ye next month!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Chappy's Log 09 . 01 . 2019

Ahoy Mateys! Welcome aboard me blog again this month! Chappy be readin' FIVE great books and ONE journal in July/August. Plus, I've been busy making a special giveaway prize. Keep scrollin' to see what me treasure be. 

What I be readin'/reviewin' in July/August 2019:


Forever, Lately
By Linore Burkard


1816, England
Julian St. John needs a wife. An oath to a deceased guardian must be kept. Miss Clarissa Andrews, a vexatious beauty, has dangled after him all season but he has no intention of choosing such a she-devil.

Maine, present day
Author Claire Channing is desperate to write a bestseller to salvage a failing career. She thinks she's writing St. John's story until an old prayer shawl transports her to his Regency world. She finds what she needs to pen a blockbuster but can't help falling in love with him, a man she thought she invented! Miss Andrews, however, would rather see Julian dead than in another woman's arms!

Claire races the clock to prevent a deadly tragedy, but can she give up what she's always wanted for a love that must overcome time?


Me Review:

 Blast from the past!

Have you ever thought that you were born in the wrong era? How would you feel if you were suddenly transported back to a time when modern conveniences didn't exist yet, where men were 'gents' and women were 'ladies'? This is exactly what happened to Claire Channing. Being an author, she had a vivid imagination, so when she found herself in the past, facing characters from the very book she was penning, she naturally assumed that she was only imagining it all. But was she?
This is a 'time-travel' story, that will leave you wishing you had your own portal to another time. A real page-turner, this tale will have you completely enthralled. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read stories dealing with being 'out of time'. You will not be disappointed.  

Get Yer Copy of Forever, Lately: HERE


Falling In
by Linore Burkard


Falling things get broken. But can love rebuild the pieces?

Sharona Davidson knows brokenness. She left her Kentucky town a decade ago after one traumatic night and never looked back. Her mantra is simple: stay safe, don’t get in deep, and don't trust men.

Jason Colden, businessman extraordinaire, remembers Sharona. Privy to her dark memory, he also shared one special experience with her that he's never forgotten. When Sharona comes home to tend her ailing mama, he'll get one chance to try again .

Sharona must keep Jason at arm's length when she joins the ladies of the Summer Club for swimming and fellowship. But when she can't seem to stay out of his arms, she has to walk a tightrope, and decide between playing it safe or letting herself fall—whether in Jason's Olympic sized pool, his arms, or in love!

When Jason's business is implicated in illegal toxic dumping in the town's river, has she misplaced her trust again?

Me Review:

A Feel Good Read

Falling In actually touched me in a personal way. Ms. Burkard did a wonderful job balancing pains of the past with hopes of the future. Sometimes we need to heal from a past hurt, but it can be so difficult. While reading this story, I was so impressed with the author's heart. Her writing spoke to me and by the end of the book, I found myself satisfied and yet really wanting to read more. I anxiously await the next book in the series.

Get yer copy: HERE


Three French Hens
by Linore Burkard


Young Mademoiselle Christine D'Ornay and her family have fled from France to England, seeking safety from the Revolution and “Madame La Guillotine." At her first Assembly ball, Christine meets the dashing and elegant Lord Russell. But the lives of French aristocrats are cheap in an age of betrayal, and Jacobites are on the prowl for blood. Can Christine and her family trust this new friend? Or is Lord Russell the enemy they fear most? 

Me Review:

Wonderful Short Story

What a wonderful short read! It's like Ms. Burkard took a scene from a historic painting and gave it a story. I really enjoyed  it.  Don't let the size of the story fool you....it may be short, but it will stay with you and keep you smiling. 

Get Yer Copy: HERE 


About the author:
Linore Burkard

Linore Rose Burkard grew up in New York City in a family of ten with parents who loved to read. Linore left home after high school and worked her way through college, graduating from the City University of New York with a magna cum laude degree in English Literature. As a fan of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, Linore dreamed of bringing the regency to life in a distinctly Christian fashion for readers of faith. That dream became a reality after Harvest House senior editor Nick Harrison brought her first novel, Before the Season Ends, to that company. Two sequels quickly followed, both published by Harvest House, and which helped cement the regency genre as a staple in Christian publishing. 

Linore lives in Ohio, is married and the mother of five, and still homeschools one daughter. She writes YA/Suspense as L.R. Burkard, and has no end of new book ideas. Recent projects are the completion of Before the Season Ends, the screenplay; a children's book (to be released early summer of 2018); and a movie project to bring the screenplay to life on the big screen! 

Find Linore on the web at www.LinoreBurkard.com, or at the PULSE companion site at www.LRBurkard.com. She sends out a monthly newsletter for readers with book giveaways, news, and links. Sign up at either of her websites.
You can also find Linore here:
Twitter:         https://twitter.com/LinoreRBurkard                    


The Express Bride
by Kimberley Woodhouse


The Wilderness Is a Great Place to Hide
Jacqueline Rivers manages a Pony Express station in 1860 Utah territory after her father’s death. There are daily stresses placed on her in this unconventional role—and now a government official is asking her to sniff out counterfeiters. When Elijah Johnson passes through on the stage while on an exhausting quest to find his boss’s heir, he doesn’t want to leave the beguiling station manager. In fact, he may never leave when caught in the crossfire of the territory’s criminal activities. Jackie can’t decide if Elijah is friend or foe. Can she remain strong when secrets of the past and present are finally unearthed?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse.

More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)​
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1836 Texas (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1849 San Francisco (April 2019)
The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1860 Utah territory (July 2019)


Me Review:

This series is so great!

Another great addition to the Daughters of the Mayflower series. The Express Bride is set around the Pony Express and it is so well written. Ms. Woodhouse does a nice job showing the struggles and excitement of the Pony Express while enthralling the reader with a tale of intrigue and heart. I highly recommend this book and the entire series. 


Get Yer Copy of The Express Bride: HERE


About the Author:

Kimberley Woodhouse

Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than a dozen books. She is a wife, mother, author, and musician with a quick wit and positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. A popular speaker, she's shared at more than 2,000 venues across the country. Kimberley and her family's story have garnered national media attention for many years including ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, Discovery Health channel's Mystery ER, The Hour of Power, The Harvest Show, and over 1,000 other TV appearances and radio interviews. She lives and writes in Colorado with her husband of twenty-five years and their two amazing kids. 

Ye can find Kimberley here:


The Yellow Lantern
by Angie Dicken


Forced to Spy for Grave Robbers
True Colors – Fiction Based on Strange-But-True History

In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her Massachusetts village—especially the doctor she gas assisted for several months. Yet, she is still very much alive.

After the doctor’s illegal dealing with his body snatcher to obtain her body, Josephine awakens, positioned as the next corpse for his research. To cover up his crime, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. They strike a deal—Josephine will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission—posing as a mourner to help the body snatcher procure her replacement.

At the mill though, Josephine is praised for her medical remedies among the other female workers, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager, Braham Taylor. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?


Me Review:

Pleasantly surprised.

When I was asked to read this book, my first instinct was to say no....I don't usually read Crime Stories. But, something told me to give it a chance. Boy, was I surprised! This is a very intriguing read. What a horrible time period, when people were presumed dead and buried alive....when body snatchers would steal bodies to sell “in the name of science”. Once you begin reading Josephine's story, you won't be able to put the book down. You will need to see how everything turns out. I look forward to reading more by this author.


Get Yer Copy :  HERE


About the Author:

Angie Dickens
Angie Dicken credits her love of story to reading British literature during life as a military kid in England. Now living in the U.S. heartland, she's a member of ACFW, sharing about author life with her fellow Alley Cats on The Writer's Alley blog and Facebook page. Besides writing, she is a busy mom of four and works in Adult Ministry. Angie enjoys eclectic new restaurants, authentic conversation with friends, and date nights with her Texas Aggie husband. Connect with her online at www.angiedicken.com

Ye can also find Angie Here:


The Scripture Memory Map For Women
By Barbour Publishing


This engaging prayer journal is a fun and creative way for you to more fully experience the power of prayer. Each page features a lovely 2-color design that guides you to write out specific thoughts, ideas, and lists. . .which then creates a specific "map" for you to follow as you talk to God. Each map includes a spot to record the date, so you can look back on your prayers and see how God has worked in your life. The Prayer Map for Women will not only encourage you to spend time talking with God about the things that matter most. . .it will also help you build a healthy spiritual habit of continual prayer for life!
This lovely journal, perfect for personal quiet time or small groups, features:
  • A user-friendly spiral binding--lays flat!
  • Delightfully designed two-color interior
  • Space to record the date on each Prayer Map
  • Prompted sections guide the creation of each Prayer Map--from start to finish 
  • Carefully selected scripture on every spread


Me Review:

Would make a nice gift.

This is a nice little spiral bound journal. It's great for the person who loves to journal about scripture, their faith and prayer life. I will be gifting this to my big sister. It's perfect for her. It's a great tool for memorizing verses.


Get Yer Copy: HERE


About the Author:

Barbour Publishing

Barbour Publishing is a leading Christian book publisher offering bestselling books featuring exceptional value, biblical encouragement, and the highest quality. Barbour is the home of New York Times Bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter along with well-known fiction authors Gilbert Morris, Olivia Newport, Michelle Griep and many others. If your interest is Christian Living or Bible Reference, you’ll find excellent titles by bestselling authors Josh McDowell, Jonathan McKee, Debora Coty, and Stephen M. Miller’s The Complete Guide to the Bible.   Barbour also publishes the top classic devotionals God Calling by A.J. Russell, and Come Away My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts. With inspirational Christian books available in all genres--fiction for adults and children, Bible Promise books, devotionals, Bibles, Bible reference, puzzle books, and gift books there's something for everyone to enjoy.



Chappy has gotten back into creatin' Picture Boxes. Here be this month's box....to be given away to one of ye Mateys! Follow the giveaway instructions below to be entered. Sorry...the box be fer US residents only.

These boxes hold yer treasured pictures. Simply glue a photo to each flap, as shown above.

Ye can spy some other boxes I've made in the past  HERE

Bible Journaling:

Here be some of me newest Bible drawin's.  

The Twelve Judges 

See all of me pages HERE.

                         Congratulations to me last winner!
 Debra be winnin' the ebook copy of Mercy in a Red Cloak by Carrie Fancett Pagels. Chappy will be contactin' ye soon, Matey!


Chappy be givin' away  ebook copies of  'Falling In' and 'Three French Hens'  and a paperback copy of 'The Yellow Lantern'. 
I also be givin' away me Pirate Picture Box.

 If yer name be drawn fer one prize, it will be put back into the drawin' fer the other prizes. Ye could win one or more of me treasures! 


Tell Chappy in the comments below where ye would sail to if ye be on a ship.
Don't be forgettin' to leave yer email address AND where ye be livin' (so I can make sure ye be eligible fer the Pirate Box and The Yellow Lantern)


Winners will be announced next month. 


Well, that be all fer this month, Mateys!  See ye next month!