Stealing the Preacher: a book review

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Description: 

On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he’s forced off the train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man’s daughter as the minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own, Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he’s haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind–a woman whose dreams now hinge on him.

For months, Joanna Robbins prayed for a preacher. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. A man to help her discover answers to the questions that have been on her heart for so long. But just when it seems God has answered her prayers, it turns out the parson is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she can convince Crockett to stay in her little backwoods community? And does the attraction between them have any chance of blossoming when Joanna’s outlaw father is dead set against his daughter courting a preacher?

My Review:

How many outlaw would hold up a train and steal a preacher, and as a birthday gift for the gang leader’s daughter, no less? Silas Robbins would, and the unfortunate Crockett Archer gets dragged into one mighty odd situation.
But as the Bible says: All things work together for good. And when Crockett helps Silas’s daughter Jo reopen the local church, lives are changed in a way Crockett never thought.

I’ve always loved Karen Witemeyer’s books, and have dread almost every one of them. I’m thinking that this one is destined to become a favorite. There’s plenty of humor, a touch of hijinks, and just a hint of suspense. The book never takes itself too seriously. It’s a light and easy read that is great for when you’re stressed and can’t take too much excitement in your books. I highly recommend it, and any of the rest of Witemeyer’s works to everyone.

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: Clean. Some flirting and kisses only.
Language: Clean
Drinking/Drugs: Clean. It is mentioned that one character’s father is an alcoholic, but we never actually see him.
Blood/violence:  There is an attempted hanging, and one character is shot. There is description of the surgery and removal of the bullet that, while never graphic, might make more squeamish people a bit queasy.

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Inferno Release Day!!!

Today is the day! My baby is finally being re-released to the world!

Huge thanks to my wonderful family for supporting my writing, and most especially to my Mom, who does so much editing for me. Also, to the Saddle Up Club. I wrote this one for you guys.

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Inferno Kindle cover high-res paperback

Fire can destroy, or it can refine.

The Wilderness Ride Campout is the highlight of the year for Ashley Thompson and her friends. Not even her antagonistic fellow rider, Jocelyn Gregory, can ruin this weekend for her.

But when a wildfire traps them together on the mountain, relationships are taxed to the breaking point and old wounds torn open. Limited by injuries and with no clue where they are, The girls must find a way to set aside their prejudices and work together, or perish in the blaze.

Heart on the Line: a book review

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Grace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can’t let the villain she believes responsible for her father’s death release his wrath in Harper’s Station, the town that has sheltered her and blessed her with the dearest friends she’s ever known.

Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship–dare he believe, courtship?–has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.

My Review: 

It’s nice to be back in Harper’s Station. We still get a chance to see several old friends here, but the focus is now on a minor character from the first book: Grace Mallory. Heart on the Line starts with a bang and doesn’t let up until the end.

I loved the characters. Amos was a sweet guy, and Grace just the right amount of both sweet and sassy. I had an easy time figuring out the villain, as well as the mystery man found in the wood. Even so, it was a hard book to put down, and I hope we get to see more stories in this unique little western town.

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory
Romance: clean
Language: Clean
Blood/violence: some blood, kidnappings, beating and abuse, murder / attempted murder, and a shootout.

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Happy Reading y’all!

 

Inferno cover revel and release date!!!!

Inferno cover reveal and release date!!!!!

I can’t tell you how excited I am for this. This book has been almost a decade in the making. Inferno was originally written as a serial short story for my homeschool riding group – the Saddle Up Club – for their monthly newsletter. It was one of the first stories I actually finished writing, and I got a lot of great comments and feedback from it back then.

While I was in the process of writing my novel – Midnight Dancer – I started having trouble concentrating. So to get the creative juices flowing again I picked Inferno back up and began completely re-writing it. My writing style has changed a lot since then, so I went pretty crazy on it –  and it has grown from a short story of about 9,000 words, to a full length novella that is now at approx. 27,000+ words!

Now, I am so happy to finally be able to re-introduce Inferno to the world!

Back Cover Blurb: 

Fire can destroy, or it can refine.

The Wilderness Ride Campout is the highlight of the year for Ashley Thompson and her friends. Not even her antagonistic fellow rider, Jocelyn Gregory, can ruin this weekend for her.

But when a wildfire traps them together on the mountain, relationships are taxed to the breaking point and old wounds torn open. Limited by injuries and with no clue where they are, The girls must find a way to set aside their prejudices and work together, or perish in the blaze.

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And now, without further ado, the lovely new cover!

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Inferno Kindle cover final fixed

This is only my second attempt at cover photoshopping, and I just love how it turned out!

Official release date is July 9!