Saturday, April 6, 2013

I SPY WIT' ME LITTLE EYE




Ship's Log  04.12.2013            REVIEWS AND A GIVEAWAYS!!!!

 
(YE BE HAVIN' ONLY UNTIL NOON(PACIFIC TIME) TOMORROW, APRIL 13TH, TO ENTER...WINNERS SHALL BE ANNOUNCED SUNDAY APRIL 14TH)




Ahoy Mateys..This be I SPY WIT' ME LITTLE EYE Saturday...





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Today I have two books I wish to share wit' ye all! Here we go!




PLUS GIVEAWAYS!!!!





Return to Shirley Plantation
by Carrie Fancett Pagels






Description: (taken from Amazon.com)


150 years ago the history of America changed forever. Live 1863 through the stories of some of our finest writers – the passion, the romance, the tragedy, and the triumph.

Carrie Fancett Pagels. Kathleen Maher. Joy Ross Davis. Sarah Price. Karen Anna Vogel. Patrick E. Craig. Willard Carpenter. Big Daddy Abel. Murray Pura. David Stearman. And many more.

The plantations. The Underground Railroad. Chancellorsville. Vicksburg. Gettysburg. Little Round Top. Chickamauga. Chattanooga. Missionary Ridge. The soldiers in the field. The families at home. The nurses in the hospitals. The speeches at Richmond and Washington. The prayers in churches North and South. It’s all here in one of the most dramatic series ever produced. A new story by a different author released every two weeks between April and November. Join us for one of the most exciting events in American inspirational publishing – Helping Hands Press presents CRY OF FREEDOM!


Abducted against his will, Matthew Scott is conscripted into the Confederate army because of his Copperhead father’s political leanings. Injured at Malvern Hill, Matthew is taken by the Union army to Shirley Plantation in Virginia where he is tended by seamstress Angelina Rose, a freed slave. Given an opportunity to leave the South and start a new life for herself, Angelina remained for the sake of her sister’s orphaned twins who are still enslaved. Will Matthew’s return to Shirley Plantation settle a mystery concerning his father’s past? And help Matthew find the family he longs for.


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Here are a few passages from this story:


Malvern Hill. Virginia.
War.
Matthew had landed in hell, where a cacophony of noise thundered around him. And before he fell to the ground of the battlefield, he watched himself raise his rifle and fire upon a line of blue-coated soldiers. God forgive me. Then the velvet curtain of blackness separated him from consciousness and his audience.


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Unusual noises caught her attention—the sounds of many feet tromping up to the Great House.
Stop brushing, darlin’.” Prickles of fear ran along her scalp where Charity had brushed.
Trodding to the window, she pulled back the velvet curtain then peered through the center crack in the shutters before lifting the S-shaped hook that held them together.
There, covering the entire lawn of Shirley Plantation, was an army. They pitched tents, laid down bedrolls—hundreds of men dressed in blue. The Union Army. Chills chased up her arms.

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My Review:


My take on the story:   I was truly taken in by the characters and setting of this story. Angelina and Matthew were drawn to each other immediately and are such a perfect fit. Carrie did an excellent job showing the war going on and yet managed to keep the reader grounded in the story unfolding on the gorgeous Shirley Plantation. War, romance and unexpected surprises...it only took a short time to read, yet when I think back about all that I absorbed, I am amazed it wasn't a full size novel. And I love how the ending of this story was actually a beginning.....Bravo, Carrie, you did it again!


"Though I was given a copy by the author to read, I was under no obligation to give a positive review."



You can purchase Carrie's book on Amazon.com




CARRIE HAS GENEROUSLY OFFERED A GIVEAWAY BASKET FOR ONE OF MY COMMENTERS AND FOLLOWERS. YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT AND FOLLOW MY BLOG TO BE ENTERED TO WIN....CONTEST ENDS SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH AND WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED THE NEXT DAY...SO LEAVE A COMMENT AND MAKE SURE TO ALSO FOLLOW MY BLOG!!!!









Talon: Combat Tracking Team

by Ronie Kendig







Description:  (taken from Amazon.com)



Aspen Courtland is out to find her missing brother. Only his combat tracking dog, Talon, knows where to look. Problem is, after a brutal attack that separated dog and handler, Talon’s afraid of his own shadow. The search is on, but when one mistake means disaster, can Talon muster the courage for one last mission?



Here are a few passages from this book to whet yer whistle:



Talon whimpered and paced then sat down. Whimpered again. Paced.
"Think he can still smell Austin's scent? Santos said he hadn't been here in a while."
He ripped out a piece of paper and scribbled two words on it-listening devices-then moved behind her. He stuffed the note in her hand. Then he held up a pen and clicked it once. "We can talk when it's depressed but only for a few seconds."

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Aspen bolted upright. Drenched in sweat, she groped for light in the darkness. A dream...She hauled in a thick breath. One hand over her chest, she pressed the heel of her other hand to the bridge of her nose and stifled a sob.
A soft thump-thump-thump drew her gaze to the side.
Talon stared up at her with those gorgeous brown eyes. Tail wagging, he wanted to reassure her that everything was okay.
Aspen patted the cot, and that was enough for him. He leapt up next to her and stretched out. Arms around him, she buried her face in his fur.

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"Please. Just let me try. I have to. No matter what you think of me, I love my sister. And I love Talon."
She didn't release the bag.
"You need to grab gear to head out. Besides, if you see anything questionable, you and your bulldog can take me down."
She darted a glance to the side. "You think he's big?" she smirked.
"Wait till you meet Beo."


[AND I CAN'T WAIT TO MEET BEO...]
[In the third book of this series BEOWULF: Explosives Detection Dog]

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My Review:


After reading TRINITY, the first book in the A Breed Apart  series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Book Two, TALON: COMBAT TRACKING TEAM. Let me tell you  I was not disappointed.  I fell in love with this MWD, he is a true hero. TALON will take you where you could never go before without being a part of the military. As I read this book, I was a heroine, a hero, a villain….a dog. I was in the trenches, racing against time to save…….read the book to finish that sentence.  Once again, I was reminded of what our men and women (and those wonderful MWDs) do every day to keep us safe and free. The characters in TALON are so well written, that they seemed real to me. I found myself praying for them throughout the story. This book has it all….action, romance, heartache, laughter, and my favorite when it comes to this series, those wonderful MILITARY WAR DOGS! 

Now I can’t wait to read Beowulf!


I received a complimentary e-book copy of this novel from NetGalley, courtesy of Barbour Publishing, for my honest review.



You can pre-order TALON on Amazon.com





GIVEAWAY: RONIE HAS GRACIOUSLY OFFERED A COPY OF HER BOOK 'TRINITY' TO ONE OF MY COMMENTERS. (THIS IS FOR US RESIDENTS ONLY.)



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 So, there ye have it, two more books to sink yer teeth into, Mateys! 



THIS CONTEST BE CLOSED! CHECK BACK TOMORROW FER THE WINNERS!!!



Thanks for stopping by....Happy Reading and God bless!







85 comments:

  1. I want very much to read both of them - great reviews :)

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    1. You will love them, Betz! Thanks for being such a loyal follower on my blog. Hugs and God bless!

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  2. Okay, now I really feel ignorant because I didn't know you had a blog, DEBBIE!!! Thanks SO much for being a beta reader and for being my very first review for Return to Shirley Plantation!!! We have to get you the final copy with the kiss scene at the end! It steamed up my trifocals, lol! Big hugs!!!

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  4. Carrie! Thank you for stopping by. You are truly making me want a copy with the kiss scene. It was my pleasure reading your work! Hugs!!!

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    1. Ohhh, I have to get that to you DEBBIE!!! I hope I can remember to do it tonight. My sweetie girl is here right now though. They are playing together in the driveway (son and daughter.)

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  5. DEBBIE now it's my turn to tell you what a great blog this is and you have two books here that I have to add to my overflowing TBR list. Great reviews and I LOVE the cool name of your blog matey!! :)

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    1. Thanks Matey!! Thanks fer droppin' by....both books are fantastic!!!!

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  6. Chaplain Debbie, you are a great secret keeper, girl! I am just as shocked as Carrie and Teresa. I would have followed you long ago had I known about your blog. Thanks so much for always visiting ours, and now its our turn. This is lovely and I adore the way you review books. Very fresh and fascinating look. You're very good at this!
    hugs,
    Kathy

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    1. Kathleen, thank you so much. I've only had this blog for a few months, so the secret isn't too good. LOL Hugs!!!!

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    2. My sentiments exactly, Kathy! So glad to come participate on your blog, too, DEBBIE!

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    3. Thank you, Carrie! You are such a sweetheart!

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  7. These books sound so intriguing. Would love to read them. Thanks, Rhonda
    nashhall@aol.com

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    1. I'd love for you to win and review them both, RHONDA! HAve a blessed day!

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  8. Hey Rhonda! Thanks for stopping by. If you would like to enter the drawing, make sure you follow this blog. God bless!

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    1. I am following under Google Friends, Chaplain Debbie! thanks! Rhonda

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  9. Mon Apr 8th,
    Hey there Debbie.
    Thanks so much for sharing the story-lines of both books, which sound intriguing. I would love to win either book . Thanks for the opportunity.
    Take care, and, God Bless, In Him, Brenda

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    1. Brenda, my ebook novella is only $3, so if you don't win it you might want to splurge! Ten five star reviews on it! Blessings!

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    2. Hey Brenda! Yes, both books are wonderful. Thanks for stopping by!

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    3. Brenda, only $3 for the novella, which is 20,000 words, about a third to a quarter of a full length novel! Thanks for coming by and best wishes for the contest!

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  10. Oh dear--another good book besides Carrie' to throw into my TBR list! I didn't know you had a blog either--you should have been sharing it more! I have enjoyed seeing you on Carries blog and I'm sure I will now enjoy yours as well. I can't wait until I can start reading Carrie's book! If I'm not too new, of a follower, please add me to the list for the giveaway too. Otherwise, I'm happy to find a new blog to follow...
    Vicki
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks Vicki and welcome to my blog! God bless!

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    2. Hi Vicki!!! ARe u still in Europe right now? Hugs!

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  11. Hey Chappy! I have Carrie's book and am just waiting for a free moment to start it. Haha. :) I love Ronie's book also! Great recommendations here!!
    Susan P

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    1. Susan, I really hope you enjoy it and I know exactly what you mean!!! I have been reading MaryLu's new book for weeks, ACK!!! Blessings!

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    2. Susan, you are going to love Carrie's book! Thanks for stopping by!

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    3. Carrie, I have a sneaking suspicion I will totally love it! I know - I hate not being able to read a book within a day or two. LOL. That free moment looks to be getting closer - it's predicted to rain here all week. :)
      Chappy, you are just one well loved lady!

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    4. That is so sweet to say, Susan! Hugs!

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  12. Ahoy Chappy, was nice of you to post of the two books and the give away. Thanks . I would love to be entered in the give away.Either book sounds good.
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! I think you really need to read my novella! Good to see you here and thanks for coming by!

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    2. Hey Liz!! Thanks for dropping by. Make sure you follow my blog to enter the contest. Hugs, Matey!!!

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  13. Nice knowinng that you have giveaways in your blog. And that you do book reviews too. Well, all I can say is I admire people with the gifts in written word. Me, I am striving with my English:)
    Anyway, thanks for visiting my blogsite and leaving a nice comment.

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    1. Hello Joy, your blogsite is great, I am glad Michelle pointed me to it. Still not sure if I will enter the poem contest, I am a bit rusty. Thanks for stopping by!!!

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    2. JOY, I liked your blog, too!!! Very nice!!! Thanks for coming by and I am so proud of Debbie for getting this cool blog going!!!

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  14. wonderful reviews !!!!!!! I read Return to Shirley Plantation and absolutely loved it, it is a for sure read for everyone !!! your mind's eye will see so much as she describes what is going on... thanks for the chance to win a great prize, thanks so much !!!!!

    Rosemary rfoley@salemstate.edu

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    1. Hello Rosemary! Thank you for stopping by. Yes, Return to Shirley Plantation is a great story. Carrie did a great job!

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    2. Chicki!!!! It was 90 down here today. ACK!!! Thanks so much for reading and for your review on Amazon and sorry for my mix up. I am after all, though, Tired Old Mommy AKA Terrific Overcoming Mom!

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  15. Thank you so much, Debbie, for reading TALON. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. And super-thanks for taking the time to post this review! Sorry I'm a little slow getting over here; life's been a bit crazy.

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    1. Ronie, I completely understand! Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and thank you so much for offering your book Trinity for one of my US commenters. I really do appreciate it. God bless.

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  16. I want to win please pick me and I am going to buy Return to Shirley Plantation when I get some of my other books read!

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    1. Hello Debbie, welcome! Make sure to follow my blog to enter Carrie's giveaway. You are entered into Ronie's!

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    2. DEBBIE, thanks for coming by and thanks for offering to buy RtSP!!! You are so sweet! Hugs!

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  17. Wow, Chaplain, this is amazing! Two great prizes at the same time!
    I am going to throw my name in the hat....
    Blessings!
    Jasmine A.

    P.S. I am a Follower via GFC

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    1. Jasmine! Hello my dear! You are entered into both! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!!!

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    2. Hey JASMINE, I love your name!! Blessings!

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  18. I am now a follower of this great blog! Thanks for a chance to win these great prizes! I am an avid reader and I love books...my hubby thinks I love them too much! Please enter me.

    Thanks and Blessings!
    Judy B

    I am a GFC follower!

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    1. Judy! Thank you so much for following my blog. You are entered into both giveaways! Good luck!

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    2. JUDY, If you don't win, I hope you'll consider splurging on my novella! Debbie gave me an awesome review, which I really appreciate! Thanks for coming by!

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  19. They both sound like great books! I love learning about new authors (at least to me they are new :) thanks for the opportunity to win! Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Lisa. Ronie is actually giving away the first book in this series, Trinity! It is a wonderful book as well. Good luck!

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    2. I am so new that I am a debut (and a sad poet, haha!) Thanks for coming by! My ebook is the first volume of a multi-volume anthology that Murray Pura put together with something like 15 authors! Blessings!

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  20. I Have yet to read any of her books. I REALLY want to read it!

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  21. Jen, thanks for stopping by. Both ladies are excellent writers. Make sure to follow my blog to be entered into both drawings.

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  22. Found you via Ronie's facebook page. :) Thanks for introducing me to a new author (for me)! I love historical fiction so it looks intriguing... and I love Ronie's books!

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    1. We've had Ronie on OWG blog, too, and she lives in my ACFW zone, here in VA. She's a sweetie. And thanks for considering my new debut release! Blessings!

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    2. Cyndi, I just adore Ronie and her writing. I am in love with those MWDs ! Thanks for stopping by and best of luck in the drawing!

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  23. They both sound like great books. Thanks for the giveaway.
    I'm a follower.
    superstarsarah94(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey SARAH, I hope you get a chance to read RtSP!

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    2. Hello Sarah! Thanks for following! Good luck in the drawing!

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  24. Thank you and the authors for the generosity. What fun. I have read and reviewed Return to Shirley Plantation at Ozarks Mystique and Amazon.com. I am getting ready to write a review of one of the short stories included in the Cry for Freedom. I found out about you when Carrie Fancett Pagels shared the information.

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    1. Nice to meet you Judy! Isn't Carrie a great writer? Hard to believe she hasn't been published before now. Thank you so much for dropping by!

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    2. JUDY thanks so much for your amazing review! And thanks for coming by wonderful DEBBIE's blog! She was my FIRST beta reader review so she is really special to me! And such an encourager!!! Hugs all around!

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  25. Wow, two awesome giveaways! I've read Ronie's first three books and LOVED them, but haven't read Trinity yet -- love the concept! I've not read any of Carrie's books, but I'm fascinated with the Civil War and it sounds like a winner. thanks for sharing.
    Susan.stitch(at)sbcglobal.net

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    1. Susan, welcome! This is Carrie's debut book and it is wonderfully written..and you will love Trinity!! I hope that you buy them both if you do not win..thanks for stopping by. Good luck!!

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    2. SUSAN, I hope my novella is your cup of tea. As DEBBIE said, this is my debut book. Thanks for coming by. If you read and review it, let me know! And I am on FB so come by and Like my page and leave me a msg if u do review! Blessings!

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  26. Hi Chaplain! I just met Ronie at a writer's conference here in PA and would love to give her books a try. Carrie's book sounds good too. So great that you have these giveaways going on! Thanks for sharing. Now I'm off to figure out how to follow your blog. :)

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    1. Hey Lisa!! Good luck in the giveaways. And thanks for following!! Hugs!!

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    2. Well of course you have to follow Debbie's blog. I am not sure who this is, but I was the ACFW MidAtlantic Zone director for two years so you might have been one of my zone members! I stepped down this January because of my writing commitments. Blessings!

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  27. These books sound intriguing:)
    Thanks for sharing.
    Rebecca

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    1. Hello Rebecca! Welcome to my blog..make sure you follow this blog to be entered into both drawings!!!

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    2. REBECCA, at only $2.99 and with 12 Five Star reviews you can't go wrong even if you don't win. PTL for this novella and God's provision for me in writing it. He gave me so much help! Blessings!

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  28. I would love to read these books. Carrie's especially sounds right up my ally. :) Thanks for the peek into the story of the books and the reviews/giveaway.

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    1. Hello Ladette! Both authors are wonderful! Make sure you follow my blog to be entered into Carrie's giveaway!

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    2. LADETTE!!! Hi, long time no see! I think u would really love it! Thanks for coming by!

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  29. Wonderful as always Chap! Sorry I didn't read it sooner as I am on the road! Carrie's book sounds like it was written for me...I love historical! Hope to talk more when I get home because I miss you my friend!!!

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    1. Johnette, so good to hear from you!! I think you would really enjoy Carrie's novella. It is her debut book and I simply loved it. I have been praying about your travels!! Hugs!!

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    2. JOHNETTE, I hope you will love it as much as Debbie has!!! Thanks for coming to Debbie's pretty blog!

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  30. You twisted my arm, Chap! Please enter me for theses titles, & I've heard great things for Ronie's books.

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    1. Hey Marie!! Haha...I know I keep reposting about my blog, but you never know who hasn't seen it yet. LOL You are in the drawing to win Ronie's book Trinity. If you follow my blog, you will be entered into Carrie's giveaway too!!

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    2. I've heard wonderful things from my reviewers about Ronie's books and she's won big awards for them, MARIE!!!

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    3. I have fallen in love with MWDs, thanks to Ronie! And she gives you a good hard look into the lives of soldiers who risk their lives for us...side by side with their loyal dogs.

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