Monday, February 27, 2017

CHAPPY DEBBIE'S NEW YEAR MUST READS.....WEEK SIX!

                                   

AUTHORS I HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Week Six

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INTRODUCING AUTHOR 
MICHELLE GRIEP 

Michelle Griep is one of my all-time favorite authors. She has written in different genres and has excelled in all. She is one of the wittiest people I know and one smart cookie to boot. I look forward to her blog posts each week, where she shares writerly tips and helpful insights...all in her usual upbeat and often hilarious way. I highly recommend her books.

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Bio:

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.



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I asked Michelle to talk about a couple of her books and why she wrote them. Here is what she had to say, along with the books and their descriptions.



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The Captive Heart

It's easy to romanticize about living in a kinder, simpler time, but was it really all that kind and simple? In our crazy technological age we sometimes think the grass was greener way-back-when. This idea was something I wanted to explore. I don't have any sweet skills to build a time machine, so I did a ton of research and went the historical fiction route by bringing a cultured, English governess and plopping her down in the middle of backwoods Colonial America. The truth is it wasn't that easy nor as simple as we imagine it to be.




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Book Description:

The wild American wilderness is no place for an elegant English governess

On the run from a brute of an aristocratic employer, Eleanor Morgan escapes from England to America, the land of the free, for the opportunity to serve an upstanding Charles Town family. But freedom is hard to come by as an indentured servant, and downright impossible when she’s forced to agree to an even harsher contract—marriage to a man she’s never met.

Backwoodsman Samuel Heath doesn’t care what others think of him—but his young daughter’s upbringing matters very much. The life of a trapper in the Carolina backcountry is no life for a small girl, but neither is abandoning his child to another family. He decides it’s time to marry again, but that proves to be an impossible task. Who wants to wed a murderer?
 

Both Samuel and Eleanor are survivors, facing down the threat of war, betrayal, and divided loyalties that could cost them everything, but this time they must face their biggest challenge ever . . .Love. 

You can buy your copy HERE.

(MAY I ADD THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ)

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 Brentwood's Ward

It's no secret I love history, so I read a fair amount of non-fiction period pieces. I came across an old newspaper clipping from the late 1700's that attracted my attention as an author. The advertisement was put out by Magistrate Henry Field, encouraging the public to send a note to Bow Street as soon as any serious crime occurred so that “a set of brave fellows could immediately be dispatched in pursuit of the villains.” Who in the world would answer something like that? I wondered about those “brave fellows” and what kind of villains they might come up against, and thus was born Nicholas Brentwood.


Book Description:

Place an unpolished lawman named Nicholas Brentwood as guardian over a spoiled, pompous beauty named Emily Payne and what do you get? More trouble than Brentwood bargains for. She is determined to find a husband this season. He just wants the large fee her father will pay him to help his ailing sister. After a series of dire mishaps, both their desires are thwarted, but each discovers that no matter what, God is in charge.

You can buy your copy HERE.

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SNEAK PEEK!!!!

The Innkeeper's Daughter

Michelle is allowing me to give you a sneak peek of her upcoming book The Innkeeper's Daughter, which is the sequel to Brentwood's Ward. She doesn't  have a cover for it yet, but she does have this graphic that she made. For all the Brentwood lovers out there, this book will give a brief encounter to update everyone on Nicholas & Emily.


Blurb:

Tension is high with the threat of a Napoleonic attack in Regency England, but risk from abroad means nothing when there’s danger at home.

Officer ALEXANDER MOORE goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the crown—and he’s a master of disguise, for JOHANNA LANGLEY believes him to be quite the rogue . . . until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.

All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.

Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

It’s a race against time for them both.

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GIVEAWAY!!!!

Because of her upcoming book The Innkeeper's Daughter, Michelle has graciously offered to give away a copy of Brentwood's Ward to one of my commenters. So, leave a comment below, along with your email address, to be entered. Paperback for US residents only.

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I wish to thank Michelle for allowing me to feature her on my blog. 


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More of  Michelle's books and a link to her Amazon.com page:










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       CHECK OUT  ALL OF MICHELLE'S BOOKS ON HER  AMAZON PAGE.



AND YOU CAN ALSO FIND MICHELLE  HERE: 


I’m a writer. It says so on my business card. Writer off the Leash is a real-time log of what goes on in an author's head. 

If there’s a writerly topic you’d like discussed on Writer Off the Leash, give me a holler at michellegriep@gmaildotcom.

Other places I can be found:





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CONGRATULATIONS TO NORMA FER WINNIN' ONE OF STEPHEN M. MILLER'S BOOKS! STEPHEN WILL BE CONTACTIN' YE SOON.


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Thanks fer coming aboard! God bless.

Monday, February 20, 2017

CHAPPY DEBBIE'S NEW YEAR MUST READS.....WEEK FIVE!

                                    

AUTHORS I HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Week Five

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INTRODUCING AUTHOR 
Stephen M. Miller



Have you ever wanted to read the Bible in words that you can actually understand? Well, let me introduce you to Stephen Miller. He is currently paraphrasing the Bible and I think that he is doing a great job. He doesn't take away from or add to any of the scriptures. He simply puts it into words that go along with the way we talk today. Stephen has written many books about the Bible and his Maps are gorgeous! I highly recommend his books.


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Bio:

Hi, I’m Stephen M. Miller. I write easy-reading books about the Bible. That’s my thing. My niche.
I write the way people talk. No Christian jargon. No religious clichés. No preaching.
I don’t tell you what to think. Instead, I report what some of the top Bible experts say they think. I pull from the heads of the tradition-minded as well as the mavericks.
I write especially for non-Christians, new Christians – people curious about the Bible and about what Christians believe.
As a 19-year-old college student graciously described my writing, I keep it “simple, not stupid.”
I try.
Even Christians enjoy this approach to studying the Bible, I’ve discovered.
I’m a former newspaper reporter who went to seminary because I wanted to make the jump to Christian writing. So I have a bachelor’s degree in news journalism and a seminary degree in biblical studies.
I cover the Bible beat.
If you insist on reading more about the likes of me, here’s a link to my bio: Stephen M. Miller.
Peace to you.


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I asked Stephen to talk about some of his books. Here is what he had to say, along with the books and their descriptions.



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My favorite book is The Jesus of the Bible.  I loved researching it and spending a year studying Jesus. Sadly, the illustrated version of the book is out of print. The publisher released a text-only version called Understanding Jesus.


Book Description:

More than any other Bible character, Jesus is the person both Christians and non-Christians admire and want to better understand. Now, from Stephen M. Miller, author of the bestselling Who's Who and Where's Where in the Bible, this brand-new reference details the life of Christ, His teachings, and the faith He introduced to the world - all in Miller's casual, easy-to-read journalistic style. Miller sets the story in the Roman world where Jesus lived, adding new insights from archaeology and ancient history. Gorgeous full-color illustrations, fascinating sidebars, and a complete topical index round out this important book.



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The Complete Guide to the Bible is perhaps my bestseller. I haven’t checked the numbers lately. It competes in numbers with How to Get Into the Bible. The Complete Guide has been Amazon’s bestselling Bible handbook for several years, usually #1, but fighting for the top with a couple of others.


Book Description:

Interesting to read and easy to consult, The Complete Guide to the Bible is a reliable, jargon-free handbook for average people who want to better understand the entire Bible. Captivating writing along with beautifully designed and illustrated pages entice readers into the book and keep them lingering throughout its 512 pages. This latest project from Steve Miller, author of the best-selling Who's Who and Where's Where in the Bible, provides both the big-picture view of the whole Bible and its individual books, as well as fascinating detail on particular passages and topics.

You can buy your copy HERE.


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The prettiest is The Complete Visual Bible. I love how visual that is. The publisher hired an outside design team to produce that book. And it shows. 


Book Description:

“See” the Bible in a whole new way! Brand-new from bestselling author Stephen M. Miller, The Complete Visual Bible will enhance your biblical understanding through hundreds of compelling images. Highlights of all 66 biblical books are presented both in brief, easy-to-read text and in beautiful paintings, informative photographs, colorful maps, and other graphic features. Miller brings both his seminary and journalism training to the project, offering fresh insights for readers of any age or background. Part Bible storybook, part study Bible, and part coffee table picture book, The Complete Visual Bible promises an enriching reading experience.  For a complete index of the book, visit http://stephenmillerbooks.com/books/complete-visual-bible/.

You can buy your copy HERE.

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GIVEAWAY!!!!

Stephen has graciously offered to give away one of his books....winner's choice...to one of my commenters. So, leave a comment below, along with your email address, to be entered. Paperback for US residents only.

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I wish to thank Stephen for allowing me to feature him on my blog. 


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More of  Stephen's books and a link to his Amazon.com page:





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       CHECK OUT  ALL OF STEPHEN'S BOOKS ON HIS  AMAZON PAGE.



AND YOU CAN ALSO FIND STEPHEN  HERE: 





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CONGRATULATIONS TO DEBRA FER WINNIN' ONE OF CARRIE FANCETT PAGEL'S BOOKS! CARRIE WILL BE CONTACTIN' YE SOON.


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Thanks fer coming aboard! God bless.

Monday, February 13, 2017

CHAPPY DEBBIE'S NEW YEAR MUST READS....WEEK FOUR

                                    

AUTHORS I HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Week Four

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INTRODUCING AUTHOR 
Carrie Fancett Pagels


I've always said that Carrie Fancett Pagels writes the most amazing characters into her books. I still stand by that statement. I am always enchanted by her heroines and awed by her heroes. Carrie has a real talent and I appreciate that. I highly recommend her books.

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Bio:

Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!


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I asked Carrie  to talk about two of her favorite books today. Here is her response, followed by both books and their descriptions:


Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter & The Fruitcake Challenge

Why I wrote these stories – The Family Connection
by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter
If I’d not sat in the Rare Books Library at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, while our daughter was in college there (Electrical Engineering), I’m not sure I’d have gotten the motivation to write Johan Adam Rousch’s fictionalized story. You see, I’d started researching my genealogy and had come across a point where two Rousch cousins had married. Ugh! I prayed about whether I should continue, and did. And I found their grandfather, Johan. It turned out that this ancestor had quite an interesting history. I began researching what I could find online. And I was intrigued that fine of his ten sons, including the two I’d descended from, had fought in the American Revolution.

Although there were books available on Johan, they were a little expensive for someone with a kid in college. But. . . it turned out they had a copy of the books in the Rare Books collection at UVA! So when I went up to see my daughter, I hung out in the stacks, and read the book, which included accounts of the man. I was really struck by Johan’s faith, honesty, and patriotism as reported by people who knew him, and recorded in the book. And a fictionalized hero really came to life in my mind. As I read other first person accounts from the 18th century, in western Virginia, the voices of the tellers pushed me forward. Lliving in Virginia (I’d not grown up here) I was surrounded by colonial history. I couldn’t get away from the reminders to keep writing the story! If only I’d found out more about his wife, Susanne. So Suzanne in the novel is completely and totally fictionalized.

The Fruitcake Challenge was also spurred on by family connections. My mother had died and I was missing her. She’d spent her early years in Kentucky, but later grew up in a lumber camp in Michigan, that my grandfather ran. I’d been approached by Gina Welborn about joining a Christmas collection. All of us were dying to write up special Christmas stories and made the decision to Indie publish them and promote together in a collection. I wrote this story to “hang out” with a funny fictionalized version of my spunky mother. She was pretty funny about how she dealt with men trying to pull a fast one. Not much got past my mother, particularly if someone was trying to use charm. I’m guessing that growing up in a lumber camp taught her pretty quickly how to deal with people who were acting a little too cocky, too. I imagined a well-educated, handsome, new lumberjack with the tendency to speak before thinking. And how she might react to such a person. And a fun fictional romance was born!

Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter (Pelican/White Rose, 2016), a true labor or love, received a 4 Star RT Review. The Fruitcake Challenge (Hearts Overcoming Press, 2014), was a Selah Award Finalist and a Family Fiction long list finalist for Book of the Year. I pray readers have been as blessed by the stories as I was in writing them!


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Book Description:

In a land fraught with religious strife, they must break the barriers between status and faith to forge a fresh future in a new world . . . After her Huguenot father is arrested, aristocrat Suzanne Richelieu escapes Versailles. Handsome German peasant, Johan Rousch, risks his life to bring her to the safety of his family's farm in the Palatinate duchy, but when Suzanne's brother and the French army arrive with a warning that they plan to burn the area, she and Johan are forced to flee. With no money or options, both become indentured servants in exchange for safe passage to Philadelphia. Suzanne falls gravely ill aboard ship and marries Johan, only to survive with no memory of the wedding-a reality made worse when Johan spots the "priest" who married them working as a surveyor and later in Quaker cleric garb. Are their wedding vows valid? When Suzanne's former fiancé arrives in port, planning to abduct her, Johan must save her again-but can he do so before Suzanne is lost to him forever?


You can buy your copy HERE.

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Book Description:

When new lumberjack, Tom Jeffries, tells the camp cook, Jo Christy, that he’ll marry her if she can make a fruitcake, “as good as the one my mother makes,” she rises to the occasion. After all, he’s the handsomest, smartest, and strongest axman her camp-boss father has ever had in his camp—and the cockiest. And she intends to bring this lumberjack down a notch or three by refusing his proposal. The fruitcake wars are on! All the shanty boys and Jo’s cooking helpers chip in with their recipes but Jo finds she’ll have to enlist more help—and begins corresponding with Tom’s mother.

Step back in time to 1890, in beautiful Northern Michigan, near the sapphire straits of Mackinac, when the white pines were “white gold” and lumber camps were a way of life. Jo is ready to find another life outside of the camps and plans that don’t include any shanty boys. But will a lumberjack keep her in the very place she’s sworn to leave?


You can buy your copy HERE.


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GIVEAWAY!!!!

MESSAGE FROM CARRIE:

Giveaway: One of Chappy’s lovely commenters can choose a paperback of The Fruitcake Challenge OR ebook copies of both books! Answer this question: Do you like stories with a family connection?

So, Mateys, ye need to leave a comment, answering Carrie's question to be entered to win. Please leave yer email address, so we can contact ye. 

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I wish to thank Carrie for allowing me to feature her on my blog. 


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More of  Carrie's books and a link to her Amazon.com page:





 AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER: 
(Releases July 1, 2017) My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island



Journey now to Mackinac Island where...
A Tangled Gilded Age Love Story Unfolds.

Although the Winds of Mackinac Inn has been in her mother’s family for generations, Maude Welling’s father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel.

Undercover journalist Ben Steffans, posing as a wealthy industrialist, pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel.  While undercover, he becomes attracted to an intriguing maid. By an act of heroism Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders—including Maude—and he digs deep for his story.

But when scandal threatens, will the growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed?


Pre-Order HERE.
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       CHECK OUT  ALL OF CARRIE'S BOOKS ON HER  AMAZON PAGE.



AND YOU CAN ALSO FIND CARRIE  HERE:



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CONGRATULATIONS TO LUCY   FER WINNIN' A COPY OF SECOND CHANCE BY EILEEN RIFE....AND.....CONGRATULATIONS TO DEBRA FER WINNIN' A COPY OF 4R REJUVENATION RETREAT FOR WOMEN! EILEEN WILL BE CONTACTIN' YE BOTH SOON.

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Thanks fer coming aboard! God bless.