03 March 2015

Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello - Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello



Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello
Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Five Stars *****

This is Debbie Lynne's debut full length novel! What a page turner!!! It was hard to turn off my Kindle each night as I was reading Sword of Forgiveness. Set in medieval times, our heroine, Lady Brithwin (isn't that a pretty name?) has known much sorrow in her life. Her abusive father has died and now she can avoid the tortures he inflicted on her. She's being forced into a marriage with a man she doesn't know - Royce. Meanwhile our hero, Royce, returns from a horrific battle to find his entire family dead. The evidence is said to point evil-doers from Brithwin's castle as having done the deed. And now, Royce learns he is to marry her! He's not too happy about that and seeks to get to the bottom of his family's murders. In the meanwhile, his uncle, as well as his brother's fiance, Clarice, stir up trouble. And someone is trying to cause damage to both Royce and Brithwin.

This book reminded me very much of Julie Garwood's Scottish books, but is a Christian historical romance not secular and is clean reading.  Wonderful writing throughout although I did get a little upset with both Royce and Brithwin for being rather clueless about one of the antagonists in the story. This story should make the Christian bestseller list for historical romance!  I expect it to be on my Best of 2015 list next December!!!

Highly recommend!

You can purchase a copy at Amazon.
Giveaway: One of our commenters will receive a copy of Debbie Lynne's stunning new book!!! Available in ebook or paperback (ebook only for foreign winners.)

02 March 2015

Celebrating Debbie Lynne Costello's Debut Novel!



Welcome to our party to celebrate Debbie Lynne Costello's release of her wonderful new novel! As you can see, our knight has just ridden in, looking for his fair lady! Will he find her?


I think he has spied her! What is she wearing? Go to our Facebook party page to post a picture of your own attire for this event!

Make sure to leave a comment on this blog post, though, to enter for our drawings.

Medieval times were not for the faint of heart, and our heroine goes through many trials in the course of her story!
Medieval Apple Tart we are serving this on the OvercomingwithGod.com blog for @Debbie Lynne Costello's party!

We're serving an apple tart all day long (see Tartys in Applis on Medieval Cookery website). To accompany it, I'm serving mulled apple cider.  Also have an egg custard to go with it and crusty bread covered in honey butter.

Serve yourself or wait on the table wenches to bring you around your food. Remember there is no silverware (this is Medieval times, remember?) but we'll bring around some towels for you to clean up with. Meanwhile, have some hot mulled cider!


Author Debbie Lynne Costello
I had the privilege of reading Debbie Lynne's wonderful new book, Sword of Forgiveness, which has already hit the Hot New Releases category PLUS gotten onto the main Christian  historical romance lists on Amazon! Congrats to Debbie Lynne!
Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello

You can purchase Sword of the Spirit at Amazon. Only $3.99 so buy now!!!

Available in ebook and in paperback soon!







Isn't Lord Royce handsome? And Lady Brithwin is so lovely! Great cover!




Would you like to write an old-fashioned love letter?
We have just the thing for you--vellum sheets and a quill pen.
While parchment was made from cow hides (ew!) in medieval times, I thought we'd stick with the new-fangled stuff! And who
wouldn't want a hot pink quill pen? Seriously?

I feel pretty sure Lady Brithwin would have enjoyed this.
Since only the privileged, and usually not women, could read
or write in medieval times, I suspect Lady Brithwin would have
had to have snuck around to learn how to do so. She's a lady of
many talents and certainly not bound by convention--one of her
traits I really enjoyed!
Slow Cooker Hot Spiced Apple Cider - With just four ingredients (okay, five if you decide to spike it with your favorite rum) this Crock Pot mulled cider recipe couldn't be any easier to make.

Coming up for our evening menu - the cooks are busy in the back!!!
Doesn't the food smell amazing?  Not so sure if I'll have any of the, er, pork, though--don't want to make a pig of myself!
A knight and his squire preparing for joust

Ah, I see the jousting tournament is about to get underway! 


Gauging by the crowds' reaction there seem to be some favorites already
























Giveaway: A pair of silver equestrian earrings (Debbie Lynne owns a number of horses and of course horses feature prominently in the novel!) Another reader will win our parchment and quill set. Debbie Lynne is also giving away a copy of her new release! Meanwhile, make yourself a Medieval party hat (click here.)

26 February 2015

Teresa S. Mathews Reviews Broom and Gloom By Christy Barritt

Broom and Gloom by Christy Barritt          
Book 9 of the Squeaky Clean Series    
Publisher River Heights Press
5 Stars*****

Once again talented author Christy Barritt leads us on a trail of mischief and mayhem with our favorite crime scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire. In this adventure Gabby feels the need to further her education of Crime Scene Investigation so she travels cross country from Virginia, to Oklahoma for a forensic convention. While there Gabby meets for the first time her soon to be stepbrother, Trace Ryan, an up and coming country singer, and that is when the adventure begins.

There is something about Trace that makes Gabby immediately like him, he is handsome, sincere and a wonderful singer, with just one flaw; he thinks he is being stalked by a crazy, murderous fan.

When Trace explains about his troublesome fan and how she might have had something to do with the disappearance of a young woman he had been dating. Gabby dives head first into what could well be her own crime scene. The more she investigates the more danger seems to follow her, from a mad charging bull to being trapped in a burning house to starring down the barrel of a gun. Will Gabby figure out who the real killer is before it's too late?

This Squeaky Clean Series by Christy Barritt is a true delight to this fan of mysteries and CSI shows. Gabby is bright, thinks fast on her feet, and has a great sense of humor. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading one of these exciting novels yet, follow this link to a free copy of the very first one;  Hazardous Duty and I promise you will want to read the rest of the series. Many thanks to Ms Barritt for creating this enjoyable series that's had me hooked from day one! 

You can find this treasure and others by Christy at Amazon


GIVEAWAY: We will be giving away an e-book of this amazing story to one blessed commenter!



24 February 2015

Diana Reviews Windigo Twilight By Colleen Coble

 
 
 
Reviewed by Diana Flowers
(No Spoilers!) 
 
 

Exotic Suspense!
 
Windigo Twilight is a gripping, exotic suspense-filled tale that takes place on a mysterious island across the horizon from Lake Superior. A weathered mansion, massive pine trees along the cliff's edge, the sound of the surf crashing below, and rumors of the evil Windigo spirits all lend to the mystique of this dark, cryptic isle. 
 
 
Rebecca Baxter believes her parents' death due to an explosion on their boat is no accident, especially due to the fact that her estranged relatives would profit handsomely from their deaths.  Changing her name to Becca Lynn she secures a position as a research assistant to writer, Max Duncan, on a practically deserted island in the middle of Lake Superior. Becca has not been to Windigo Manor since she was a small child, and is certain none of the remaining family members there will recognize her as she ferrets out information concerning her parents' death. Max Duncan is a handsome, brooding widower for whom Becca begins to feel a deep attraction in spite of herself. When eerie incidents begin to take place, Becca begins to wonder if she has been recognized. When someone frightens her in the woods dressed up as Windigo and her life becomes threatened, Becca unearths secrets she never wanted to find out. Someone wants her out of the way---permanently. And no one in Windigo Manor is to be trusted...including Max Duncan.
 
 
Colleen Coble wrote this riveting novel under her maiden name of Rhoads in 2005, and had it republished in 2015. Full of exotic descriptive imagery, the reader will feel as though they are on a tropical island in the Caribbean or Tahiti instead of the United States. Filled with heart racing excitement and melodramatic tension that will send shivers up your spine -- there is never a dull moment in this whodunit! Throw in some romance and a spiritual thread throughout and you have a typical Colleen Coble novel--breathtaking!
                                                     
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This book may be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and BAM.
 


GIVEAWAY: An ebook copy to one blessed commenter! International entrants welcome.
 
 
 
 
 
 

22 February 2015

Kelli Hughett Interview by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Author Kelli Hughett
Kelli, welcome to Overcoming With God. We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers. I sure enjoyed meeting you at ACFW conference a few years back and sharing a dinner table with you!

Would you tell us about the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help? Answer: Three years ago, I was seriously injured in a car crash. To date, I've had two spinal fusions and countless therapies and procedures. At the time, I had nine year old, a six year old, and a three year old.  
I’d always been an active person. I enjoyed lifting weights, playing sports, and especially hiking and camping with my family. I think the hardest thing was teaching my kids to crawl into my lap, instead of picking them up. They missed the cuddling. They missed the mom-that-used-to-be.
But God knew what a struggle I would be facing, and in the moment before the other car hit us, I heard His voice. “Everything is going to be okay.” Simple statement. Big results. In the months and years that have followed, I have relied on that perfect promise. No matter the pain, the fear, or the unknown, it’s true. Everything is going to be okay. God has already overcome for me through Christ.
What passages in the Bible have been most helpful to you in those times?
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I can overcome anything because of this promise.
Disability friendliness: Is this latest release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio? Do your e-books have audio capability? Do you have any in large print?
Not at this time, but Red Zone is in the process of being produced in an audio format.
Red Zone by Kelli Hughett

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?
One book that influenced the character development of Marcy in Red Zone is, Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge. In my experience, most women have struggled with overcoming their belief that they aren’t truly beautiful. Captivating changed my own beliefs in my true beauty in Christ.
Question you’d like to ask readers:
What is your favorite part of romantic suspense? The romance or the suspense?

Author bio:
"To fall in Love with God is the greatest Romance; To seek him, the greatest adventure; To find him, the greatest achievement." Augustine
I don't spend my days writing, but I squeeze it in where I can. From my office window, I see barns, the Rocky Mountains, yards of farm fence and wide swathes of green grass surrounded by trees that are just starting to turn this fall. You'd imagine me writing Amish or Prairie Romance, right?!
Many people who know me well have asked me why I chose to write suspense. It is a little out-of-character for me, I suppose. I collect tea cups, read Austen and classics regularly, wear frilly dresses and dote on agricultural landscapes. My favorite book is Anne of Green Gables. So, why suspense?
I guess it taps an unseen part of my personality. What's more exciting than a murder mystery? Suspense is the spice of life, even if we aren't standing over dead bodies all day. It enhances marriages, gives authority to news and announcements, and makes our hearts beat fast. No book, no matter the genre, would be interesting without a little suspense!
And what story is complete without romance?
I hope you'll find my books entertaining without offending your soul. I hope you'll discover the magic of ordinary days and characters in extraordinary circumstances. Maybe you'll find yourself in one of my books. I know you'll find little pieces of me. Visit me at http://kellihughett.com or follow me on social media Twitter: @KelliHughett or Facebook: Kelli Hughett: Author and Speaker.

Giveaway: A copy of Kelli's contemporary suspense!

19 February 2015

The Homestead Brides Collection reviewed by Noela Nancarrow

The Homestead Brides Collection
by Various Authors
Barbour Books (February 1, 2015)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow - 5 Stars *****

Founding futures on America’s Great Plains

The Homestead Brides Collection is a gathering of nine inspiring tales telling of the adventurous pioneering folks of the bygone 1800’s. These brave pioneers battled the land and forces of nature in their quest to improve their land and build a secure future. When love came their way, often it was as unpredictable as the land. Ultimately, their lives were enriched far beyond their dreams. Each outstanding story in this collection gives its own reward to the reader. Highly recommended!

Homestead on the Range

When the new homesteader Colin Samuelson meets Elle Winter, there is an immediate chemistry… that is until the father of three discovered this pretty woman had four children of her own! Considering himself a poor father of his own three, he was ready to run for the hills. That wasn't about to happen however because his land adjoined Elle’s, leaving them both fighting their attraction to each other along with the forces of nature, and their children’s antics. Absolutely loved this entertaining novella… It was amusing, romantic, informative, and beautifully illustrated how God is with us in the storms of life.

Priceless Pearl

What happens when an inexperienced family leaves the city to make the run for land in the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma? Will this family survive the harsh winter with their inadequate knowledge and a tendency to be impractical from their days living comfortably in St. Louis?  Or might their neighbor who has his own deficiencies be able to trade off? This is a sweet story of hard work, hope, and love, with a future that promises to be as priceless as Grandma’s irreplaceable pearl!

Proving Up

Swedish Nils Svensson was ready to expand his lumber business and build a timber mill, and the property bordering his land was part of that plan. Discovering that the beautiful Elsa Lindstrom held the deed to the land he thought could become his, dispersed his dreams upon the prairie winds. Elsa had her own plans and when Nils despite himself, grew feelings for her, she accuses him of only wanting her land. Will it be possible for them to find a way to prove up on their land as well as their hearts? This is a wonderful story containing a fascinating forest of facts on the Timber Culture Act of 1873 that’s grafted into a blossoming love story!

Prairie Promises

Philadelphia city boy Jack O’Donnell arrives at his widowed mothers Nebraska homestead, to a startling reception from a young pregnant woman that’s residing with his mother. He’s not sure whether to admire this pretty woman or be wary of her? Regardless, he means to take his mother home with him as he can’t leave her to this barren prairie and its harsh winter. How can he get his stubborn mother to agree to give up her land and more importantly, how will her plucky young widow friend that’s due to give birth soon, survive alone in a thatched soddy no less? A descriptive and beautifully told story that was refreshing, thoroughly engaging, and a delight to read!

This Land is our Land

Mollie Jameson, orphaned and caring for a brood of siblings and a Grandpa with memory lapses, hasn't much time to spare to reach Lincoln, Nebraska if she wants to lay a claim to the land her father had homesteaded. They’ll all be homeless if she can’t make it in time, and when a blizzard sweeps in and slows them down, it seems that will be the case. Unless she can trust the cowpoke that they've only recently met who has no home or responsibility, to hightail it to the land office with their deed. Will the overburdened Mollie lose everything or gain more than she bargained for? This was a truly enjoyable and heart-warming story with endearing characters!

Flaming Starr

With anticipation swelling the closer Starr Matthews draws to her recently acquired homestead, she is relishing the thought of finally owning her own place to begin a new life. But her hopes were scattered like the tall grass prairie seeds when she discovers widower Aaron Conrad and his children have already claimed ownership. Although Aaron’s children would benefit from a mother and Starr’s soul heal from love and a new beginning, her pride and tainted past produce formidable barriers towards any happy outcome. Will Starr find her forever or the end in the town named Last Chance? Not too many novella’s touch me deeply enough to bring on tears, but this touching and memorable novella did. Loved it!

A Palace on the Plains

Hired as a seamstress for Walt Haskell’s upcoming wedding, Julie Farrington has arrived from the city to stay with Walt’s brother, Cyrus. The widowed Cyrus is none too happy having her and her ridiculous amount of luggage move into his tiny dugout that already houses his mother and two young sons. Julie wonders what she’s gotten herself into! She hadn't figured on encountering such a primitive dwelling with no space or privacy, or the gruff though admirable man she’s dwelling with. Julie’s true mettle is put to the test however, when she has to deal with sickness, arduous work, and extreme weather. Will Julie also find her happy ever after? I thoroughly enjoyed this absolute gem of a story, and found the incorporated information on building Soddy’s, completely fascinating!

Waiting on a Promise

Marta Vogel is anxious that it’s taking so long for her fiancĂ© to give her the go ahead to join him in Oklahoma. Ignoring his last letter again urging her to trust him and wait, she hops aboard the next train to Oklahoma Territory. But Karl Reinhardt had good reason to keep her away. He’s dealing with a land dispute and sabotage while trying to work on his land. When she arrives, he is fearful for her safety, especially when she makes friend with the enemy. Wow, what a great story! It’s not always easy to capture so much intrigue in a novella, but Becca manages to do that along with suspense, humor, and romance, in the talented strokes of her pen.

The Bogus Bride of Creed Creek

Iz McBride returns home to his Texas ranch in Creed Creek to discover a pregnant wife! Which is very strange seeing how he’s never met her before. And everyone in Creed Creek seems to love Cora McBride, even his traitorous dog. So does he evict her from his ranch or marry her proper? I loved the unique plot, and it was fun trying to figure out how this mixed-up tale of deceit and truths was going to unfold. The charming characters in this western tale strive to change past wrongs for future generations. A very sweet ending to this novella and to this wonderful book! 

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You will find this book at these places and others: Amazon; CBD; Barnes & Noble; Books-A-Million; Book Depository.
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GIVEAWAY: This gorgeous book is up for giveaway to one very blessed commentator who leaves a comment below! E-book if the winner is outside of the US.

17 February 2015

Homestead Brides Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels

The Homestead Brides Collection

Five Stars ***** for this collection!
The Homestead Brides "Nine Pioneering Couples Risk All for Love and Land" from Barbour Publishing (February, 2015)

Destined to be a BEST SELLER!!! Don't wait--go and BUY yourself a copy ASAP!!!

All of the novellas in this collection are wonderful. There wasn't a weak one in the bunch which is pretty unusual. The authors are: Carla Olson Gade, Darlene Franklin, Erica Vetsch, Pam Hillman, Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne, Kathleen Y'Barbo, DiAnn Mills, and Becca Witham.

Our OWG blog guest this week, Carla Olson Gade, wrote "Proving Up", set in Swedeburg, Nebraska in 1885. Nils Svensson has worked hard for years to establish hardy trees. He's waited for his wife to return to Nebraska after she returned to a less-demanding life back home with her parents. Enter widowed Elsa Lindstrom, Swedish like Nils, and she has somehow procured land he'd expected to purchase. Instead, Elsa and her two younger brothers now occupy what he'd hoped to expand his orchards to. Elsa, too, plans to develop a tree nursery. Can these two like-minded Swedes work together? Lovely story and characterization and some sigh-worthy love scenes.  HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

Watch for Noela Nancarrow's review on Thursday of ALL nine stories!!! She'll have a separate giveaway.

Giveaway: A copy to one of our commenters. I recommend the paperback version as it has the lovely deckle edges on the pages plus it has built in bookmark cover ends that bend into the cover's interior.

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