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25 September 2020

Review & Giveaway of Bride by Blackmail by Debbie Lynne Costello




Bride by Blackmail Book 1 in Moonlight and Magnolia Series (September, 2020) 


By Debbie Lynne Costello
"Where Chivalry Never Dies!
Review by Carrie Fancett Pagels

I had the privilege of serving as a critique partner for this new release historical romance in Christian Fiction by author Debbie Lynne Costello.

I also offered an endorsement. Here's what I wrote:
"Best-selling author Debbie Lynne Costello has a deep love for Charleston which reflects in her work. Christian historical romance readers will be swept away to another time and place with this exciting story!"

I will admit that it got hard to critique the story because I got so caught up in it, especially in the middle and end parts which normally are the slower parts in most novels. So I really had to be careful on this page-turner to give it my full attention!

This story is set during the late 1800s in Charleston, a time not often covered in Christian fiction. Debbie Lynne has other stories set in Charleston and her love of the city reflects in her writing (like I wrote in my endorsement). This is book one in her new series and I bet the future novels are just as compelling!

Book link:
Purchase Bride by Blackmail on Amazon

Blurb:
A broken heart, a controlling father, and an intrusive Scot leave Charlotte Jackson reeling. Accused of stealing an heirloom pin, she must choose between an unwanted marriage and the ruin of her family name. With the futures of her three younger sisters at stake, as well as her own reputation, Charlotte must navigate through injustice to find forgiveness and true happiness. Eager to find the traitor that caused the death of his brother, Duncan Mackenzie comes to America and attempts to fit in with Charleston society. But when the headstrong Charlotte catches his eye, Duncan takes on a second mission—acquiring the lass's hand. After being spurned several times, he uses unconventional ways of winning her heart.

Bio:
Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of Sword of Forgiveness, Amazon's #1 seller for Historical Christian Romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina with their 5 horses, 3 dogs, a miniature donkey, and 6 peking ducks.

Website: DebbieLynneCostello.com
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Blogs:
Heroes, Heroines, & History
The Sword and Spirit

Other stories by Debbie Lynne Costello:
A Cup of Christmas Cheer (Guideposts Books)
Sword of Forgiveness Book 1 in Winds of Change Series (Medieval)
Sword of the Matchmaker Novella in the Winds of Change Series
The Perfect Bride Novella in the Winds of Change Series
Sword of Trust Book 2 in Winds of Change Series coming 2020
Shattered Memories Book 1 in The Charleston Earthquake Series

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment on this blog post to enter for a chance to win a copy of Bride by Blackmail! International commenters if this book is available through Book Depository in your country you can also enter. Ebook available as an option, too.











49 comments:

  1. Thank you for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! Would love to win a print copy! Sounds like a great story! God bless! Lual Krautter Email: krautter62520AToutlookDOTcom

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Lual. It was a fun story to write!

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  2. Carrie, Thank you for having me on your blog!

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  3. This sounds like a great book! I love reading stories based in Charleston. Can’t wait to read it!

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    1. Yay! Thank you, Joy! I hope you enjoy it! I also have an 1886 book set in Charleston during the great earthquake. Its called Shattered Memories. It has a LOT of history in it! All reactions and descriptions are taken from eye witness reports!

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  4. Sounds very intriguing! Can’t wait to read it. Avid reader Ruth Tichler

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    1. Hey Ruth!!! Thanks for coming by! I'm so glad to hear you plan to read Bride by Blackmail! I hope you love it!

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    2. Congrats Ruth, you were our winner!

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  5. Being an AVID reader, this book sounds like a winner!

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    1. Sally!!! Thank you! I hope you find it a winner when you read it! It was lots of fun to write. And a huge thanks to my two crit partners who were a great help!

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  6. I've had the pleasure of reading and reviewing an e-copy but I would love this beautiful book for my bookcase! Thanks for the chance, Carrie & Debbie Lynne. I am commenting as an AVID reader!
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Connie!!!!! I am humbled that you want this on your bookshelf! Thank you so much for coming by!

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  7. Love, love, love this cover! And the description! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! Whenever I come back to OWG, I feel like I'm home again. 😢

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    2. Hey Diana!! So good to see you! I love the cover too! Can I say that? LOL. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it. It was perfect. She captured Charlotte and Duncan to perfection!

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    3. Love the expression on her face. Speaks volumes! lol And yes, you can say that!

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  8. Excited for some new reading material. As an Avid reader I'm always looking for something new to read. Thanks for doing the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks for coming by! It is always exciting to get a new book out to readers and always great to hear readers say they are looking for something new to read!

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  9. I’m looking forward to this book!!

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    1. By the way, I’m an AVID reader😉

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    2. Elly! Yay!!! So excited to hear you are looking forward to my book!!! I hope you enjoy it!

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  10. Sounds very intriguing. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.
    Blessings, Tina
    ...PALS...

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  11. This sounds like a really good book. I a m an AVID member.

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    1. Hey Susan! thanks for coming by! I hope you get a chance to read Bride by Blackmail!

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  12. Sounds like a great book. I am an avid reader.

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    1. Thanks for coming by! Excited to hear so many like the premise behind Bride by Blackmail. I hope you get a chance to read it!

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  13. Sounds like a great book. I am an avid reader.

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  14. Looks like a fantastic book. I am an AVID reader and your PAL!

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    1. Thank you, Paula!!! Hope you get a chance to read Bride by Blackmail!

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  15. Thanks for sharing your review & giveaway! Stories set in this era are some of my favorites.
    rw620 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Robin!!! You're my neighbor to the north! Thanks for coming by! I love this time period as well. Especially in Charleston!

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  16. This sounds wonderful and such a lovely cover.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thank you, Mary! The cover is a good fit for this book!

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  17. I can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!
    PALS

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    1. Hey Brenda! I'm excited to have you read Bride by Blackmail. I hope you love it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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  18. Congratulations on your new book baby, Debbie!!! Bride by Blackmail sounds sooo good! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of it!

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Alison! A new book is always an exciting time. Thanks for coming by and celebrating with me!

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  19. If you'd like more places to enter to win stop by the other blogs in my blog hop.
    https://readingismysuperpower.org/2020/09/24/author-interview-and-a-giveaway-debbie-lynne-costello-bride-by-blackmail/#comment-89948

    https://annepayne.blogspot.com/2020/09/author-interview-two-giveaway.html?showComment=1600976083910#c2942195147023140421

    https://simplysusan.home.blog/2020/09/16/book-review-author-interview-and-giveaway-bride-by-blackmail-moonlight-and-magnolia-series-by-debbie-lynne-costello/?fbclid=IwAR3M_fjCxELdyGXIosUvXqCzyIC5Ior88bdbRnaTFsxkPhR7hoLmexTgJ44

    https://connie-oldersmarter.blogspot.com/2020/09/bride-by-blackmail-by-debbie-lynne.html?fbclid=IwAR1DnGC6HCFsdQ9dxLa6n-ZDzi0R0ydvHVWN6-GjlkZzQqNBwOPCG1Lp1bc

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  20. Sounds like a great story. ember99 @ hotmail.com

    Pals

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  21. I've enjoyed Debbie Lynne's books! Charleston is one of my favorite cities and I love reading historical fiction that is set there. So, I'm looking forward to reading Bride By Blackmail. I really liked the Charleston Earthquake one. Debbie Lynne, do you think you will be writing more in that series? Thank you for the giveaway. PAL Blessings...

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    1. Hey Kay! I'm working on the sequel to Sword of Forgiveness at the moment. I'm about 2/3 through that one. I have all three of the Moonlight and Magnolia series written so I hope to get those outs quickly. I don't have the sequels written to Shattered Memories yet. :(

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  22. Sounds very interesting. Thank you for sharing. Blessings

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  23. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you for sharing about it and the opportunity to win a copy.
    PAL

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    1. Hey Anne! Thank you for coming by! Best of luck in the giveaway!

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  24. Thank you everyone! A copy of Debbie Lynne Costello's new release Bride by Blackmail will be sent to Ruth Tichler! Blessings!

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