Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Stores and Coupons

I just had to write and tell the bookstores out there that coupons really work! I received a coupon for 30% off this week and headed for the bookstore today with the intention of buying ONE book. Well, that didn't happen!

First, I found the sale section. These books were offered for $2.99 to $3.99 each. What a bargain! I bought several books on sale including Heart's Safe Passage by Laurie Alice Eakes and Love on Assignment by Cara Lynn James (I enjoyed Love on a Dime). I found a couple of new authors (to me) in the sale section: Vanished by Alton Gansky and Digitalis by Ronie Kendig. I'm looking forward to trying these as I enjoy a good suspense/police/espionage novel.

Then, I went to the new book section to use my coupon. That was my downfall! I haven't been in a bookstore for a while, so many of the books were new to me. The first one I found that looked interesting was Flight of the Earls by Michael K. Reynolds. Ohh, this looks really interesting! I love historical fiction, especially when it relates to Scotland, Ireland, or England. This book is set during the potato famine (1846) and follows an Irish family to America.
Next, I found several suspense novels including Hide and Seek by Jeff Struecker, Injustice for All by Robin Caroll, Cuts Like a Knife by M.K. Gilroy, The Chase by DiAnn Mills, and Beckon by Tom Pawlik. I'm so glad to see the Christian book stores offering more books like this. I enjoy reading these types of books, but so many of them today are so violent and/or full of bad language and sex scenes. I'm hopeful that these will be as good. When I find a good one, I like to buy the audio version and share it with my husband who is legally blind.

And last but not least, I found a few more historical fiction books that look interesting. Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T Bergren. (She's a new author to me.) This one is set in 1913 in Europe. Love that! Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson (another new author to me). This one is set in 1912 at the time of the Titanic disaster. I read almost everything I can find on the Titanic. Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell (also new to me). This one is set in 1910 America, an era I enjoy reading about. And last, but not least, A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano. This is a first novel for Turano. I started this one in the car while my husband went to the Apple Store and I'm already on page 101. It's about a young heiress from England who had her fortune and title stolen. She goes to America disguised as a governess to get her inheritance back and finds love in the process. I'm enjoying this one a lot. Turano has a unique writing style that makes this one especially fun to read.

I ending up spending a small fortune in books, so it will be awhile before I go back to a bookstore again! But, for all you bookstores out there - know this - those coupons do work!

Found another favorite author!

I just finished reading Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate. This is my first Wingate book, but it won't be my last. I am now on the lookout for more books by her starting with Tending Roses (Tending Roses Series, Book 1). By the way, you don't have to read these in order. I didn't know this was part of a series until I wrote this review.

Firefly Island is a fast read. Seriously, you just can't put it down! I intended to read it over a holiday, but ended up reading until late at night to finish it in one sitting. It has romance, mystery, and a satisfying ending. The story is clean and inspirational, but not preachy. It's Christian fiction at its best. LOVED IT!

Note: Bethany House publishers provided me this copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Starting Now - Everything you're looking for in women's romance.

I just finished reading Starting Now by Debbie Macomber and loved it! It won't be in the bookstores until April, but if you like clean, women's fiction, you'll want to pre-order this book!

The story is about  a young woman named Libby who is an attorney and a workaholic. Just when she thinks she's on the pinnacle of success and going to be made a partner in her law firm, she's let go. Her boss tells her to go get a life. So that's what she does.

As she tries to make the best of a bad situation, you'll cry when she meets with disappointment (can't tell you why). You'll be frustrated when she makes mistakes. But, most of all you'll cheer her on as she learns to make friends again, fall in love again, and discover that there is more out there than a paycheck.

If you like women's fiction with a warm message, you'll love Starting Now.