Behind Love’s Wall by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Behind Love's Wall by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Past and present meshed together through a newly found journal! I loved how it all came together. The characters were so real and I could feel their fears and victories. I do enjoy how this author has some of these characters show up in other books on Mackinac Island.

About the book:

The Grand Hotel Slowly Reveals Her Secrets

Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance.

Two successful women, a hundred-and-twenty-years apart, build walls to protect their hearts. Modern-day Willa, a successful interior decorator, is chosen to consult for the Grand Hotel’s possible redesign. She discovers a journal detailing the struggles of a young woman, Lily—which reveals dark secrets. The renowned singer wasn’t who she pretended to be. As Willa reaches out to Lily’s descendant, a charismatic and prominent landscape artist, she lets down her guard. Should she share the journal with him, or once again erect a wall as she struggles to redesign both the Grand and her life? 

A Warrior’s Heart by Misty M Beller

Brielle Durand is the key defender for French settlement living in hidden caves in the Canadian Rockies. Evan MacManus ventured into the unknown, assigned to discover a mineral for the Government. When he gets to close to the settlement Brielle has to stop him from discovering and maybe harming her people. She captures him and our story begins. They are both strong characters and Evan has a hard time excepting how this woman is in charge of so much. An interesting story in the Canadian Rockies that was fast paced and hard to put down. I always enjoy how descriptive this author is with the scenery and the characters!
I requested a copy through NetGalley. No review was required, my review is voluntary.

Book cover for A Warrior’s Heart (Brides of Laurent Book #1) by Misty M. Beller
Her heart longs for peace, but peace won’t keep them safe.Brielle Durand is still haunted by the massacre that killed her mother a dozen years before. Vowing to never let it happen again, she’s risen to be the key defender for her people’s peace-loving French settlement living in hidden caves in the Canadian Rockies. When a foreigner wanders too near to their secret home, she has no choice but to disarm and capture him. But now, what to do with this man who insists he can be trusted?Hoping to escape past regrets, Evan MacManus ventured into the unknown, assigned to discover if the northern mountains contain an explosive mineral that might help America win the War of 1812. Despite being taken prisoner, Evan is determined to complete his mission. But when that assignment becomes at odds with his growing appreciation of the villagers and Brielle, does he follow through on his promise to his government or take a risk on where his heart is leading him? Either choice will cause harm to someone.Brielle and Evan must reconcile the warring in their hearts to have any hope of finding peace for their peoples. Praise for Misty M. Beller”Misty Beller is a new author well worth watching out for.”–LAURAINE SNELLING, author of The Red River of the North series”I’ve long been a Misty Beller fan and her books don’t disappoint.”–TRACIE PETERSON, bestselling author”Misty M. Beller brings the nineteenth-century American frontier to vivid life!”–LAURA FRANTZ, Christy Award-winning author of The Lacemaker

Christmas Comes To Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard

On tour with a giveaway

MY THOUGHTS: Yes, this year Christmas did bring unexpected tidings of love and joy! I loved this story of twin sisters who never expected what would happen when they provided a temporary home for a family who’s home was destroyed in a fire. I love how the Amish work together in their communities. Wonderful holiday read!

Excerpt: When she glanced at her sister, who was placing a strip of noodle dough into the roller, Marietta noticed a rare frown on Molly’s face. “Penny for your thoughts, sister.”   
Molly shrugged. “Sure is quiet without Riley and Pete around.”

Marietta’s eyes widened at her sister’s wistful remark. For several months, Pete Shetler and his golden retriever, Riley, had rented one of their two dawdi hauses. Pete had done some much-needed maintenance around their farm—while his active young dog had mostly dug up Mamm’s flower beds, chewed the belts on their noodle making equipment, and found other trouble to get into.

Pete had moved into his uncle’s house, however. Although Marietta appreciated the return to a quieter routine without their renter, she sensed Molly had secretly adored the muscular blond carpenter and his rambunctious dog.

“Maybe you should pay Pete a visit,” she suggested. “I bet he’d be tickled if you took over a pan of noodle pudding—”

“Why would I do that?” Molly blurted. “It’s not as though anything would come of a relationship—even if Pete took the hint and asked me out.”

“Why not?” Marietta paused, hoping to express her concerns carefully. “Just because I’ll never marry doesn’t mean you should forfeit a potential romance. Sure, Pete’s clueless most of the time but he seems trainable. And he’s awfully cute.”

“Let’s not forget that Pete refuses to join the Amish church, so a romance would be pointless—even if he knew the meaning of the word,” Molly shot back. “Truth be told, I like Riley better than Pete, anyway. I intend to remain here on the farm with you, sister, like we’ve always agreed upon. We’re turning thirty-five next month, so why would I want to change my life—and my attitude—to accommodate a husband?”

ABOUT THE BOOK: Founded by five unmarried and enterprising Amish maidels, the new Morning Star Marketplace in small-town Missouri is preparing for a joyous Christmas season. But will the holiday also bring unexpected tidings of love?

Twin sisters Molly and Marietta Helfing are eagerly anticipating Christmas, with Marietta fully recovered from cancer and their noodle making business thriving. But Molly clearly misses having former tenant Pete Shetler and his rambunctious dog, Riley, around. Marietta can’t ignore Molly’s feelings for Pete—or the anxiety it stirs within her. Convinced her illness has made her unmarriageable, Marietta wonders what kind of life she’ll have if her sister marries—despite Molly’s promise never to leave her behind. . .

Then a fire destroys the home of Amish neighbors and Molly and Marietta graciously make room for widower Glenn Detweiler, his dat, and his two young boys. When Pete returns to help the family rebuild, Molly relishes her reunion with the handsome carpenter, while Marietta delights in mothering Glenn’s boys—and is surprised by her poignant bond with their quiet, brooding father. Soon everyone is wondering if this season will bring the blessing of a merry double wedding to Morning Star . . .

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 50 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in Omaha, NE with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

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The Scarlet Pen by Jennifer Uhlarik

This story is based on a true crime but given a historical fiction spin. Wow, the characters were so well described and each told  very important details as to who and why the killer was defined and stopped. The author told this story with facts and fiction so well I would assume she had many sleepless nights getting this story written. If you like fiction based on true happenings... get this one!  I requested a copy through NetGalley. My review is voluntary and my honest opinion.


Step into True Colors — a series of Historical Stories of Romance and True American Crime

Enjoy a tale of true but forgotten history of a 19th century serial killer whose silver-tongued ways almost trap a young woman into a nightmarish marriage.

In 1876, Emma Draycott is charmed into a quick engagement with childhood friend Stephen Dee Richards after reconnecting with him at a church event in Mount Pleasant, Ohio. But within the week, Stephen leaves to “make his fame and fortune.” The heartbroken Emma gives him a special pen to write to her, and he does with tales of grand adventures. Secret Service agent Clay Timmons arrives in Mount Pleasant to track purchases made with fake currency. Every trail leads back to Stephen—and therefore, Emma. Can he convince the naive woman she is engaged to a charlatan who is being linked a string of deaths in Nebraska?

A little catch up!

“Hope Between The Pages” by Pepper D. Basham

I really enjoyed the dual timeline. With the story of Sadie at the Biltmore Estate in 1915, and then to Asheville focusing on the present with Clara’s quest to find the much needed deed to save the Blackwell Bookshop. A sweet romance, a mystery surrounding a 100-year-old love letter, wonderfully descriptive scenery and a little mystery made for a beautiful story of “Hope Between the Pages!”
I was gifted a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. No review was required, My review is my opinion and voluntary.


Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter

Book cover for Hope Between the Pages by Pepper D. Basham

Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great-great-grandmother’s letter. From the nearby grand estate of the Vanderbilts, to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.


Three Missing Days” by Colleen Coble

I have really enjoyed this gripping romantic suspense series! In this one Jane has a hard job and a hard time remembering everything in her past that would answer so many questions she has. When she is pushed to remember three missing days that could finally give her some closure, wow! I never saw that coming! Fast paced with a lot of mystery and suspense that kept me turning the pages!
I was gifted a copy by the publisher through NetGalley. No review was required. My opinion and review is voluntary.

Book cover for Three Missing Days by Colleen Coble

Book Three in the gripping romantic suspense series from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

A chilling murder.

Chief of Police Jane Hardy plunges into the investigation of a house fire that claimed the life of a local woman as well as one of the firefighters. It’s clear the woman was murdered. But why? The unraveling of Jane’s personal life only makes the answers in the case more difficult to find.

Her son’s arrest.

Then Jane’s fifteen-year-old son is accused of a horrific crime, and she has to decide whether or not she can trust her ex, Reid, in the attempt to prove Will’s innocence—and whether she can trust Reid with her heart.

Her stolen memories.

Three days of Jane’s past are missing from her memory, and that’s not all that has been stolen from her. As she works to find the woman’s murdered and clear her son’s name, finding out what happened in those three days could change everything.

It all started with one little lie. But the gripping truth is finally coming out.

Praise for Three Missing Days:

“Colleen Coble is my go-to author for the best romantic suspense today . . . a stay-up-all-night page turning story!” – Carrie Stuart Parks, bestselling and award-winning author of Relative Silence

  • Full length romantic suspense
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs
  • Perfect for fans of Allison Brennan, Terri Blackstock, and Dani Pettrey
  • Part of the Pelican Harbor series
    • Book One: One Little Lie
    • Book Two: Two Reasons to Run
    • Book Three: Three Missing Days


Chasing The Lion by A.J. Tata

“The United States has just uncovered a biochemical weapon developed by Parizad’s group. A viral agent, it attacks a person’s nervous system and renders them susceptible to mind control. Parizad plans to unleash the weapon in Washington D. C. on Inauguration Day during the swearing in of the country’s first female president, turning civilians into weapons.”

Wow! When I read the write up on this book I wanted to read it. Biochemical viral agent that sounds like a virus that will spread easily, quickly and so deadly! Full of suspense, action, double agents, hero’s and a book I had a terrible time putting down because it moved along so fast I didn’t want to miss anything.. This book was advertised on the television and my husband said, that sounds like quite a story! And.. I said, Hey! I read that one!
If you like military, suspense and a exciting read… get this one, you will like it!
I was gifted a copy by the publisher through NetGalley. No review was required, My opinion and review is voluntary.

Book cover for Chasing the Lion by A. J. Tata


Parizad rose through his nation’s military to become a lethal soldier and brilliant tactical commander. Now a general, he leads Quds Force, an extremist terrorist organization targeting America and its western allies.

The United States has just uncovered a biochemical weapon developed by Parizad’s group. A viral agent, it attacks a person’s nervous system and renders them susceptible to mind control. Parizad plans to unleash the weapon in Washington D. C. on Inauguration Day during the swearing in of the country’s first female president, turning civilians into weapons.

Army Lieutenant General Garrett Sinclair and his Joint Special Operations team are assigned to stop the terrorist strike. Sinclair pursues Parizad across the Middle East, Europe, and in the U.S., only to discover a deeper conspiracy—a revelation that his wife may not have died from cancer but was murdered. Separated from his teammates and unsure of who he can trust, Sinclair is on a mission not only to save his country, but to avenge his family.


Hours To Kill by Susan Sleeman

It’s clear that something sinister is definitely going on! Homeland Security Agent Addison Leigh is attacked and left for dead as she was getting too close to the truth on the case she was working. Her estranged husband, ICE Agent Mack Jordan is called in as her emergency contact and finds she has no memory. This case moves fast and danger comes from every direction. Mack has to protect Addison and finds getting all the facts and finding those responsible is a totally consuming problem for everyone involved. Homeland Security and Ice, interesting to see how these agency’s worked together.
I was gifted a copy by the publisher through NetGalley. No review was required. My opinion and review is voluntary.

Baker Publishing Group-Hours to Kill


Just as Homeland Security Agent Addison Leigh reaches the pinnacle of her cyber investigation into a firearms smuggling ring, she’s attacked and left for dead. Her estranged husband, ICE Agent Mack Jordan, is notified that she’s at the hospital in a coma. He may have let his past military trauma ruin their short marriage, but she never gave up on their relationship, and he remains her next of kin.

Mack rushes to her bedside, where he promises to hunt down the man who attacked her. Mack failed her once when he bailed on their marriage, and he’s not about to let her down again. But when she wakes up in the hospital, she remembers neither the attack nor ever being married to Mack. And when a second attempt to take her life is made, it’s clear something very sinister is going on, and Mack and Addison are in for the ride of their lives.

A Groom for Bailey by Heather Blanton

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.

Book Description

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?

A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M White

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.

Book cover for A Portrait of Loyalty (the Codebreakers Book #3) by Roseanna M. White
Zivon Marin was one of Russia’s top cryptographers until the October Revolution tore apart his world. Forced to flee to England after speaking out against Lenin, Zivon is driven by a growing anger and determined to offer his services to the Brits. But never far from his mind is his brother, whom Zivon fears died in the train crash that separated them.Lily Blackwell sees the world best through the lens of a camera and possesses unsurpassed skill when it comes to retouching and re-creating photographs. With her father’s connections in propaganda, she’s recruited to the intelligence division, even though her mother would disapprove if she ever found out.After Captain Blackwell invites Zivon to dinner one evening, a friendship blooms between him and Lily that soon takes over their hearts. But both have secrets they’re unwilling to share, and neither is entirely sure they can trust the other. When Zivon’s loyalties are called into question, proving him honest is about more than one couple’s future dreams–it becomes a matter of ending the war.

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.

Courting Misfortune (The Joplin Chronicles, #1)
Calista York needs one more successful case as a Pinkerton operative to secure her job. When she’s assigned to find the kidnapped daughter of a mob boss, she’s sent to the rowdy mining town of Joplin, Missouri, despite having extended family in the area. Will their meddling expose her mission and keep Lila Seaton from being recovered?When Matthew Cook decided to be a missionary, he never expected to be sent only a short train ride away. While fighting against corruption of all sorts, Matthew hears of a baby raffle being held to raise funds for a children’s home. He’ll do what he can to stop it, but he also wants to stop the reckless Miss York, whose bad judgment consistently seems to be putting her in harm’s way.Calista doesn’t need the handsome pastor interfering with her investigation, and she can’t let her disguise slip. Her job and the life of a young lady depend on keeping Matthew in the dark.

Two Reasons To Run, The Escape and The Purple Nightgown

Book cover for Two Reasons to Run by Colleen Coble

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.

Book cover for The Escape (US Marshals Book #1) by Lisa Harris

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!

“The Dead Sea Squirrels” a new book series being turned into an animated series.

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
● 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.

If you would like to donate to help bring this series to like you can find more information here:

The Social media links:

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To Steal A Heart by Jen Turano

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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

To Steal a Heart

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.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author


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.

More from Jen

“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.

Wishing all of you the very best!


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A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 26

Novels Corner, November 26

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 27

Connie’s History Classroom, November 27

Captive Dreams Window, November 27

Book of Ruth Ann, November 27

deb’s Book Review, November 28

Blossoms and Blessings, November 28

Daysong Reflections, November 28

Bigreadersite, November 28

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, November 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 29

Splashes of Joy, November 29

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, November 29

Simple Harvest Reads, November 29 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Vicky Sluiter, November 30

Pause for Tales, November 30

Spoken from the Heart, November 30

Hallie Reads, November 30


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:!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.