Bailey was one of the first women accepted to attend college and she loved history, so when she writes scholarly articles under the masculine-sounding name of Dr. Perseus Stone to get them published… Someone wants to know who this mysterious writer is and stop the articles. When a young man she met in college is the reporter out to scoop the story, she has to decide how to handle it. Sometimes truth sounds more like a lie and a story is just so much better with some lies to make it sound like the truth. Loved the interesting characters, some secrets and a little romance made a wonderful story.
It was just a harmless, little lie…
Widow Bailey Bryson writes scholarly articles under the masculine-sounding name of Dr. Perseus Stone. When handsome reporter Collin Winchester comes to Last Chance, Nebraska seeking an interview with the good doctor, a whirlwind of lies and confusion tears through the town. No one knows what to believe, especially since the truth is mingling so well with the fiction.
And Bailey is caught in the middle. She knows the truth will set her free, but then she learns Collin has come to Last Chance to smear Dr. Stone’s reputation. A man who does not exist, yet one the town is now bent on protecting.
How can she and Collin get at the truth—especially when their hearts are hiding secrets, too?
What an ending to a wonderful series! The characters are so real.. Secrets, double lives, secret agents, romance and a unique look behind the scenes inside an intelligence agency. I always enjoy the Historical lessons this author gives me through the eyes of these unique characters. Definitely on of my favorite authors. If you like this type story… you will definitely enjoy this book and the entire series. I was requested a copy through NetGalley and no review was required. My review is voluntary.
Courting Misfortune by Regina Jennings
Calista is in training as a Pinkerton agent. Went on a mission to find a kidnapped young lady she is sent into a rowdy town full of miners and questionable characters. A young preacher decides she is a young lady headed for trouble and their paths are destined to cross frequently. This is full of mishaps, troubles, secrets and a little romance. Serious happenings but some oh so fun mishaps that kept me reading and wondering just what Calista would get into next. I requested a copy through NetGalley , no review was required. My review is voluntary.
With Jane and Reid working against time to stop an oil platform from being blown up these is there is lots of action and many lives at stake. Danger lurking everywhere and little time to follow the evidence. I liked that she found out more about her past and how her son is now in her future. Family, job, romance and mystery! I really enjoyed the multiple story lines going on here.
US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are called on to transport two prisoners across the country on a private plane. This is what happens when the plane crashes and the prisoner escapes before you regain consciousness. First… you are thankful he didn’t kill you, Second… you start the chase. Action, danger and the escaped prisoner with nothing to lose! This was one that was hard to put down.
This is a little different from what I expected, but, when based on an idea from a true story… Fact with fiction.. A winner! This lady has been afflicted with headaches for a very long time. She has been searching for any help and has tried everything she has found that just might offer relief. Finally, she reads an article how fasting under the care of this Dr. can be a cure! When she signs into the clinic she has no idea of what her treatments would entail.. I felt like crying when page after page we are told of the happenings of her treatments in this clinic. What an ending!
I recently was invited to share this new Christian based series and it looks like a safe animated series for the whole family. From the co-creator of Veggietales. Looking over the website and from the information I’ve seen it has me looking forward to this new idea for my grandchildren.
THE DEAD SEA SQUIRRELS tells the story of Merle and Pearl, 2,000-year-old squirrels from Israel who were petrified in sea salt in the caves of the Dead Sea, where 12-year-old Michael discovers them 2000 years later and sneaks them into his backpack to bring them home. The zany adventures of this salty couple and their new friend are full of adventure, humor and character-building lessons. And just as with VeggieTales, Nawrocki once again uses high quality animation to teach biblical principles that families can trust.
● NEW animated series safe for the whole family! ● Creators: VeggieTales co-creator and voice of the lovable “Larry the Cucumber” – Mike Nawrocki and his team, including renowned Disney Animator Tom Bancroft and legendary Producer / Filmmaker / Recording Artist Steve Taylor, are gathering resources to bring THE DEAD SEA SQUIRRELS to life. ● VeggieTales Co-Creator Mike Nawrocki has a BIG announcement make sure to follow them @ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. ● The launch of THE DEAD SEA SQUIRRELS A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign begins Tues., Feb. 16 if anyone wants to help this series come to life. ● Anyone who would like to donate may visit the Dead Sea Squirrels’ website to find the link to the Kickstarter page or for more information.
How fun! This book has interesting characters that will make you smile, frown, wonder how snobby can you get and a beautiful romance with ups and downs. Loved how the ladies in a boardinghouse became an investigative agency and the interesting jobs they take on. You can’t go wrong with a Jen Turano book!
About the Book
Book: To Steal A Heart
Author: Jen Turano
Genre: Comedic Historical Romance
Release Date: November, 2020
After spending her childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she’d put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. Using her old skills to prove her friend’s innocence, Gabriella unexpectedly encounters Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend–until he abandoned her.
After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agrees to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he’d be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.
As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step.
Named one of the funniest voices in inspirational romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publishers Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. She and her family live outside of Denver, Colorado.
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“To Steal a Heart” is the first book in a new series. How did you come up with the idea for this series?
Oddly enough, this series was inspired by a lot of different things. I keep this idea box, and whenever I stumble on something interesting, I throw the idea into the box. When I was getting ready to assemble a proposal for a new series, I took out the box and began rifling through it. Unfortunately, nothing struck my fancy. What did strike my fancy though, was the movie “My Fair Lady.” I’d recently watched it for the millionth time, and I thought…hmmm…what could I do with that? Well, I didn’t want to do a recreation of “My Fair Lady” and that’s when it hit me – what if I used a gentleman instead of a lady and improved his circumstances in life with the help of a professor? That wasn’t really enough, though, for me to formulate an entire series, but then I went to New York City for a research trip. While there, I roamed around Bleecker Street for hours. It was the perfect place to set a series, and then I saw this older building that my tour guide thought might have once been a boardinghouse. That was what really started me thinking, and before I knew it, I’d created an inquiry agency run by women that came about when a resident of a boardinghouse was unjustly accused of theft. When the police would not investigate further, believing they had the true culprit behind bars, the ladies who lived in the boardinghouse felt compelled to step up and clear their fellow boardinghouse resident of the charges brought against her. The series took off from there, the first book centering around one of the lady inquiry agents, Miss Gabriella Goodhue, who used to live on the mean streets of the Lower East Side and, at one point in her life, was best friends with Nicholas Quinn, the man who has now found his circumstances vastly improved from the time he knew Gabriella. Throwing the two of them back together made for an interesting storyline, especially since Gabriella believes Nicholas abandoned her all those years ago, which makes it next to impossible for her to trust him.
Are there other interesting characters in this series?
Of course. All of the lady inquiry agents come with their own secrets. Miss Daphne Beekman is a reclusive author who lives in the attic of the boardinghouse. She has the propensity to faint at the drop of a hat, which makes for a few amusing scenes in the first book. She’ll get her own story in “To Write a Wrong,” coming out later in 2021. Then there’s Eunice Holbrooke. She’s the owner of the boardinghouse, and she only wears full mourning garb, covering her face with numerous veils and refusing to speak to anyone about her past. Clearly, there’s a mystery just waiting to be solved there, one that will be solved in book three, which I’m just now beginning to work on. The other residents of the boardinghouse provide a lot of color to the story, from the two sisters who work as paid companions by day to gossip collectors and carriage drivers by night, to the resident artist, Miss Judith, who has recently decided to dip her toe into the portrait market even though she’s really not proficient with painting people. There’s also a one-eyed, patch-wearing dog by the name of Winston, a parrot that likes to nick sparkly items named Pretty Girl, and a neurotic poodle that falls for Winston that goes by the name of Precious.
Did the pandemic affect the writing process at all for “To Steal a Heart?”
Luckily, I had already turned in the book before the pandemic hit. With that said, though, I then had to do some of the edits during the first few months of the pandemic. That was interesting. I have very specific conditions I need in order to write and edit and having Al (the husband person) working from home isn’t one of those conditions. It took me far longer than it normally does to complete the editing process, which threw off my schedule for the next book in the series, “To Write a Wrong.” Drastic measures were needed. That’s why I’m now the proud owner of a she-shed. Al thought I was joking when I first broached the subject of a she-shed, but after I had my millionth meltdown, he decided that might be a really good idea. Turns out sheds are in high demand at the moment, so getting a shed in a timely fashion wasn’t possible. It took 6 weeks for us to get a shed delivered and then we had to frame the inside and put up a ceiling and walls. I was not actually very involved with that process because I’m a danger to everyone surrounding me when nail guns are being used. 🙂 I did paint the outside of the shed, then painted the inside. Of course the air conditioning unit I had to order was delayed, so I painted in 100 degree heat. Lost about five pounds doing that, so…unexpected bonus there. I just recently finished decorating the inside, and I’m typing this interview from my new space. I’m thinking I’m going to call it “Jen’s Novel Nook” but that might change, so don’t quote me on that.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Just that I hope everyone is surviving these crazy days. I know there are many people out there who are suffering from many different problems this pandemic has caused. Know that you’re not alone, and that brighter days will show up again. Until that time, try to remember to smile and, perhaps, read a few books.
To celebrate her tour, Jen is giving away the grand prize package of copy of To Steal a Heart, plus all three books in the American Heiresses series and a 30 second mystery kit (Link: https://amzn.to/3nqrIpC)!!
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I really enjoyed this Heartwarming Romance collection. A clown, a new neighbor and ventriloquist… Wanda is one of my favorite Amish authors and although this collection is not Amish, I found these a delightful more modern romance collection.
Brunstetter’s First Published Novels Brought Back to Print Enjoy a collectible volume of three early novels by New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter. Meet three couples from Washington state who are surprised by love.
Clowning Around Always a fun-loving prankster even when not personifying Slow-Joe the Clown, Joe Richey tries to win the heart of always steady and serious Lois Johnson.
The Neighborly Thing Glen Olsen is rather fascinated by his new neighbor, Sinda Shull, who keeps herself shut away, working at a home business. But Glen’s daughter is trying to prove that Sinda is up to no good.
Talking for Two Despite stuttering, Tabby enrolls in a class on ventriloquism, but guidance from handsome professional Seth Byers could destroy the little self-confidence she has.
When Dr. Jo Blake meets Matthew Hanger while treating one of his good friends, an unlikely romance seems to start. Matthew finds this hard to take, a lady Doctor in charge, as he is the leader of a gang of mercenaries called the Hangers Horsemen and always is in charge. Interesting to see how each of them comes to terms with what the other does. Definitely an interesting romance!
Haunted by the horrors of war, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries known as Hanger’s Horsemen who have become legends in 1890s Texas. They defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler’s bullet leaves one of them at death’s door, they’re the ones in need of saving.
Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she’s not used to is having a man change his mind in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Matthew Hanger’s dedication to his friend during recovery earns Josephine’s respect, and when she hears of her brother’s abduction, he becomes her only hope for rescue.
Matt has stared down ruthless outlaws, betrayal, and injury, but when a bossy lady doctor crawls under his skin, his heart is tempted to surrender. And when she is caught in the crossfire, he may have to sacrifice everything–even his team–to save her.
Her Secret Song by Mary Connealy. This is about the oldest Nordegren sister, a beautiful blond woman with the voice of an angel. When she finally decides to leave her mountain home and rejoin her family she finds an injured man and takes him back to her home to help him recover. When Spring arrives the Warden family arrives and everyone is ready to save the family ranch. I really liked how they come together and worked to plan and then use each members special talents.
After a rough winter spent alone, Ursula Nordegren realizes she must overcome her fears of the outside world and begins a trek down Hope Mountain. Along the way she finds a badly wounded stranger and realizes God may have used her decision to leave as a way of saving the man.
Wax Mosby was climbing Hope Mountain in part to atone for his terrible choices. He was hired to drive out the Warden family and now knows he was duped. But when he’s wounded during the climb, the last person he expects to rescue him is a beautiful blond woman with the voice of an angel.
As both Ursula and Wax weigh the costs of living new lives, the two find an unlikely bond. And they’re joined by Ursula’s sisters and the Warden family as the final showdown over the family ranch looms with the coming of spring.
Woman of Sunlight by Mary Connealy.. What an interesting story of how these two families are acquainted. This is about the black haired lady who dresses like Robin Hood and the son who captures her heart. What was once a quiet life in the mountains becomes full of surprises and a lot of action.
After years of isolation on top of Hope Mountain, Ilsa Nordegren may finally be ready to leave. Raised to fear the world, Ilsa and her sisters never planned on coming down, but when the Warden family arrived in need, they had to help. And it may cost them everything.
Having made his fortune, Mitch Warden returned home and found the family homestead abandoned. In a land grab, a ruthless cattle baron had forced his family to escape up the mountain, and when he follows, the last thing he expects is to fall smitten to a black-haired woman who dresses like Robin Hood.
Warden is intent on helping his family reclaim their land, but doesn’t realize the risks his past has brought. Dangerous men have tracked him, and rather than risk innocent lives, he’s determined to end the danger. But that means a journey to the city–and when Ilsa insists on joining him, the mismatched pair suddenly find themselves on a venture they’ll never forget.
When Abigal took a teaching job in Nebraska, she was also going undercover to find out if a student is the son to the man who murdered her father. Mystery, a blizzard to live through and a little romance made this based on a true story another wonderful bride story I really enjoyed!
Abigail Bracey arrives in Nebraska in January 1888 to teach school…and to execute a task for the government: to identify a student as the hidden son of a murderous counterfeiter—the man who killed her father.
Agent Dashiell Lassiter doesn’t want his childhood sweetheart Abby on this dangerous job, especially when he learns the counterfeiter is now searching for his son, too, and he’ll destroy anyone in his way. Now Dash must follow Abby to Nebraska to protect her…if she’ll let him within two feet of her. She’s still angry he didn’t fight to marry her six years ago, and he never told her the real reason he left her.
All Dash wants is to protect Abby, but when a horrifying blizzard sweeps over them, can Abby and Dash set aside the pain from their pasts and work together to catch a counterfeiter and protect his son—if they survive the storm?
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