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Jeremy “JB” Edwards is a man from a big family in Hearts Communion by Marianne Evans. He would like his own family too, but hasn’t found the right woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. When his nephew becomes ill while at daycare, JB runs to get him and finds himself running into the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen.

Monica Kettelski runs a daycare business. She loves being around little kids and gets the chance to take care of them every day. One of Monica’s “kids” becomes sick and his uncle is on his way to pick him up. Monica doesn’t know she’s about to meet the man her dreams.

As JB starts falling head over heals for Monica and the fact he’d like to have a family with her, he finds her placing a wall up around her heart. He doesn’t know what he’s done to cause this, but she won’t talk to him about it. Can JB get Monica to let down the wall and tell him what she’s keeping locked away, or will she just push him away?

Marianne Evens did such a great job in writing Hearts Communion. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to everyone. It is a clean romance book and very fun to read. Hearts Communion is a must read for those who love good love stories.

You can read an excerpt here.

Woodlands Reading Order:

Hearts Crossing

Hearts Surrender

Hearts Key

Hearts Communion

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Title: Hearts Communion

Author: Marianne Evans

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 224

ISBN: 978-1611160864

Publisher: White Rose Publishing

Release Date: August 30, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, The Wild Rose Press

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

In The Cowboy Father by Linda Ford, Louisa decided to take a job to earn some extra money during the Depression. She needs the money to help pay for some medical bills she racked up during an illness that left her barren. Louisa offers to tutor Ellie Hamilton while the little girl is in a body cast. As Louisa tries to come to terms with this trial, she must also try and get Ellie to trust her and work at her lessons. Louisa soon realizes she can’t teach this little girl without a little help from someone close to Ellie. Emmet Hamilton, Elli’s attractive single father, is the perfect candidate. Soon Emmet and Louisa become friends as well as partners and as they learn more about each other, they develop something more than friendship. Can Emmet accept Louisa’s problem or will this mean the end of their friendship?

The Cowboy Father moved pretty quickly right from the beginning and had me intrigued by the first page. I really enjoyed the beginning when it seemed like all Louisa and Emmet could do was argue. I really enjoyed Ellie’s attempts to sabotage Louisa right from the beginning. It was interesting to see as the relationships evolved as the novel went on. I really like how quickly the plot moved forward and watching as the problems worked themselves out. I didn’t like how Louisa seemed hung up on the same issue the entire book. Just as it seemed she was accepting of it, she would decide that it was too big of an issue. Overall it was a pretty good book.

You can read an excerpt here.

Three Brides for Three Cowboys:

The Cowboy Tutor

The Cowboy Father

The Cowboy Comes Home

 

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Title: The Cowboy Father

Author: Linda Ford

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 251

ISBN: 978-0-373-82903-3

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: February 2012

Available: Amazon

Reviewer: Jillian

In the novel Danger on Her Doorstep by Rachelle McCalla, Maggie Arnold is trying to get over her father’s fatal accident. However, when certain things start happening around the house where he was murdered, Maggie can’t help but wonder if maybe his death wasn’t an accident after all. Maggie wants to just get the renovations done on the old Victorian house and go back to her own life, but things just never work out quite right. The only person in town that is willing to help her is the handyman Gideon Bromley, whom no one in Holyoake is willing to trust. Maggie just wants to get everything put into order so no one else gets hurt trying to figure out what’s going on.

I enjoyed Danger on Her Doorstep because it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! I was so worried about what was going to happen next and didn’t set it down after I started reading the book. I had a good time trying to figure out what was going on, especially when several new pieces of evidence came to light through the course of the story. There were some things that happened during the novel that shocked and surprised me. They definitely added some additional twists to the storyline!

You can read an excerpt here.

Holyoake Reading Order:

Out On a Limb

Danger on her Doorstep

Dead Reckoning

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Title: Danger on her Doorstep
Author: Rachelle McCalla
Format: paperback, hardbound, ebook
Page Nos.: 222
ISBN: 978-0373444274
Publisher: Steeple Hill

Available for Purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin
Release Date: January 2011
Reviewer: Jillian

Novel Reaction is excited to welcome author Debby Guisti here to share with us the importance of weather and location on the setting of a mystery novel.

Debby Giusti is a medical technologist who loves working with test tubes and petri dishes almost as much as she loves to write.  Growing up as an Army Brat, Debby met and married her husband–then a Captain in the Army–at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Together they traveled the world, raised three Army Brats of their own and have now settled in Atlanta, Georgia where Debby spins tales of suspense that touch the heart and soul.

 

Debby’s work has won numerous awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award for Inspirational Suspense, the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Golden Quill, the Beacon, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Write Touch.  In addition to full-length fiction, Debby has written magazine articles for Southern Lady, Woman’s World, Our Sunday Visitor, Army and Family, and served for over twelve years on the editorial advisory board of ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory.

www.DebbyGiusti.com

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www.craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com

 

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night!

By Debby Giusti

 

It was a dark and stormy night.  Anyone familiar with Charles M. Schulz’s cartoon strip, Peanuts, will recall the opening line of Snoopy’s Great American Novel.  Although his writing career never blossomed, the loveable pooch did understand the importance of establishing the setting at the beginning of his book.  Take a dark and stormy night, add rumbling thunder and bolts of lightning that expose an old Victorian house badly in need of repair and you’ve got a suspense story waiting to be written.

 

Any author worth her weight in typing paper knows the importance of anchoring the reader at the onset of the story.  In a suspense novel, time of day, weather, location and a mix of details hand selected by the writer weave together into a chilling setting that keeps the reader turning the page.  Take the unsuspecting hero or heroine from their ordinary world and drop them smack dab in the middle of an escalating problem–whether manmade or an act of God—to build reader anticipation and drive home the point that something sinister is about to happen.

 

Blue skies and sunshine are saved until the end when everything works out. After all, the hero and heroine deserve a happily ever after.  By the close of the book, they’ve survived a series of life-threatening dangers in an ominous setting that grows worse on every page.

 

In THE OFFICER’S SECRET, my May release from Love Inspired Books, the story opens with a middle-of-the-night summons that forces my heroine to drive through a storm to a military post she vowed never to visit again.  I added a set of quarters surprisingly similar to her house of old, a corpse in the attic and a secret, which causes the heroine to dig deep into her past to uncover the reason an officer died.

 

THE CAPTAIN’S MISSION, on sale in October, begins when a military training accident turns deadly.  The smell of cordite and smoke permeate the dirt-clogged air and paint the desolate terrain in an eerie veil of gloom. The company commander hero and criminal investigation division special agent heroine are caught in a deadly trap that leads to a mountain campsite where uncovering the truth almost costs them their lives.

 

My tenth book, THE COLONEL’S DAUGTHER, will be in bookstores next August.  The story commences with a summer storm and a murder victim.  To up the stakes, I tossed in a deserted cemetery, a desecrated gravestone and a serial killer on the loose.  An explosive ending leads to redemption and reunion and a resolution that should satisfy even the most difficult to please.

 

Whether hurricanes, tornadoes or torrential rains, a mountain cabin or oceanfront condo, high noon or midnight, a well-crafted combination of details sets the stage in which a story can unfold. In a suspense novel, that setting needs to be filled with intrigue and fraught with peril to draw the reader into the danger and keep her on the edge of her seat until The End.

 

I hope you’ll visit my website and consider reading one of my books.  Leave a comment and the names of your favorite suspense stories and the types of settings that capture your fancy to be included in a drawing for my October Love Inspired Suspense, THE CAPTAIN’S MISSION.

 

Happy writing!  Happy reading!

 

Wishing you abundant blessings,

Debby Giusti

 

Watch for THE CAPTAIN’S MISSION, in stores this October!

A DEMONSTRATION TURNED DEADLY: When one of his soldiers is killed by live ammunition during what was supposed to be a simple training exercise, Captain Phil Thibodeaux wants answers. Even if it means working with the Criminal Investigation Division that seems certain to pin the blame on him. But after CID agent Kelly McQueen defends his conduct, Phil realizes that there’s more to the dedicated agent than meets the eye. Maybe she’s someone he can trust, after all. And he’ll need someone to rely on as investigations lead him to doubt everyone elseeven his own soldiers.

You can read an excerpt here.

 

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Thank you Debby for sharing with us about setting. I have to admit since moving to the extreme desert and living with the fear that in the heat of the sizzling summer I could easily die of dehydration I pay more attention to setting than I previously did in novels. As stated above Debby is giving away a copy of her October release The Captain’s Mission, which is the second book in the Military Investigations Series.

To be entered to win leave a commentthe names of your favorite suspense stories and the types of settings that capture your fancy to be included in a drawing for Debby’s October Love Inspired Suspense. The contest will close September 29th at midnight. This contest is limited to US and Canadian residents only (sorry Internationals, I promise I will have a contest for you soon).

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