A Song Unheard Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

SongUnheard

Title: A Song Unheard

Author: Roseanna M. White

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

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My Thoughts

This story was stunningly beautiful. Willa is a phenomenon with her violin. Yet, while she’s a prodigy in music, she makes her livelihood as a thief. Unsavory as the latter is, I was immediately endeared to Willa as she struggles to overcome her wounded childhood. I rooted for her, hoping she could grip some light amongst the darkness in her world. It’s because of her fabulous musical ability and cunning thievery skills that she’s placed in the presence Lukas De Wilde, master violinist and well-known playboy.

Although Lukas De Wilde’s reputation speaks of wildness and recklessness, the reader gets a firm grasp at the beginning of his tender heart and love for family. I confess I giggled at the witty and amusing banter between Willa and Lukas. Lukas’s vain attempts of flattery and flirtation fell on Willa’s ears like sour notes. It was so fun to read!

The overall plot was vivid and intriguing. I kept guessing at the lingering mystery and was engaged with every twist and turn. The romance was captivating. I sympathized with the main characters’ insecurities which held them back at crucial points, but cheered when that sweet “aha moment” materialized, and joy eclipsed sorrow.

The most fascinating element of this story, for me was the unique and vivid way God revealed Himself to Willa. This scene stands unrivaled. It brought tears to my eyes while it refreshed my soul. I’ve always believed that since God created the heart, He knows exactly how to reach it. And the tender—yet penetrating—method to Willa’s heart was undeniably beautiful.

This novel is a five-star read. Hands down my favorite story by Roseanna White to date. It’s that kind of novel that nestles in your heart and resides far after you’ve reached The End.

*I received a copy of this story from Celebrate Lit. All my opinions are my own.

 

About the Author

Roseanna White 2017Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

 

Guest post from Roseanna White

I started playing the piano when I was 7. I didn’t discover any long-dormant genius or anything, but I liked it. When my sister quit, I kept playing. In middle school, I switched teachers, and moving from the lady at my church that I knew so well to someone who was just my piano teacher made a difference in how I applied myself. It deepened my love of music.

We all know how some random moments stand out forever in our memory. One such for me happened on the school bus. I was sitting with my best friend, talking about the new piano piece I was learning. “Via Delorosa” means Road of Sorrow, and it’s a song that tells musically about Jesus’ journey to Golgotha—ending with the faint chime of the nails being driven into his palms. As my beloved Mrs. Peto went through this song with me the night before, I remember her circling a D♯ that I’d missed and saying how important that note was. That it made the whole line weep.

That it would make the hearers weep. An epiphany so huge I had to share it with my friend. A well placed sharp could make music weep! Who knew?

That was but one lesson Mrs. Peto taught me in how music could evoke things words never could. A woman of strong faith, she also taught me how a song could preach the Gospel. Music can be medicine. It can be hope. It can be tears. It can be truth. Music can be Jesus to a hurting heart that turns its back on words.

This is a lesson I never forgot, and I had it always in mind as I was writing A Song Unheard. In this story, both my hero and heroine are musicians—violinists. But Willa (who is SO STUBBORN) wouldn’t listen to words of faith from any of the people in her life “suddenly spouting such nonsense.”

But then, in her darkest hour, she hears a slip of melody. And she realizes it’s the Lord.

I pray as readers move through the story of Willa Forsythe—violin prodigy and top-notch thief—that their spirits’ ears hear more than words, more than just a story. I pray they hear the Lord whispering that ultimate song. The one that says, “I love you.”

Want to hear the song Willa eventually wrote in the book? You can! The violin music in this trailer is officially dubbed “Willa’s Song” and written specifically for this book. I hope you enjoy it! http://bit.ly/ASongUnheardTrailer

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a Grand Prize Package of a signed copy of the book as well as a lovely album of soothing songs based on the Scriptures called Hidden in My Heart (winner’s choice of CD or digital download)!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c72a

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Troubled Waters Review

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Okay, so I’ve been anticipating Ian and Sierra’s story since I’ve been introduced to them in the prequel to the entire series. I waited patiently through three novels, (and I say this jestingly because those books were phenomenal.) But finally, after almost a year of expectancy, I got to enjoy these two in the spotlight. AND I wasn’t disappointed.

Here’s the Blurb:

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants–except a happy ending. Or at least that’s what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra’s relationship.

My thoughts:

I LOVE Sierra’s character. She’s tender-hearted, smart, self-less, and basically all the qualities you’d want in a bff. Her honest conscience wouldn’t allow her to violate her promise to Ian’s niece. Ian is the overprotective guy, teetering on the line of wanting to control everything to realizing his hands couldn’t bear the weight of it all. He and Sierra have a spark-filled past and, as things progress, a potentially explosive future. But the determining factor of whether their relationship goes up in smoke or kindles something more enduring is based on the cruise Sierra organizes to save the Peak Rescue Team.

This story kept my eyes glued to the page and reading well past my bedtime. The plot twists, the engaging exchanges between characters, the fast-paced danger elements that kept me rooting for the characters, all of these factors create a five-star read!

What I enjoyed the most about this story, besides the sweet romance, was the thread of trusting God, allowing Him to be the one in control. It doesn’t matter if we experience seasons of smooth sailing or troubled waters, He delights in taking care of us.

Interested in this fabulous story? Purchase your copy here!

I received this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than 1 million books sold, including Wild Montana Skies, Rescue Me, and A Matter of Trust. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers’ Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at http://www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at Susan May Warren Fiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.

Holding the Fort Review

 

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Okay, so ever since I read the blurb for Regina Jenning’s Holding the Fort, I’ve been eagerly awaiting its release. And the story did NOT disappoint!

Here’s the blurb:

Louisa Bell never wanted to be a dance-hall singer, but dire circumstances force her hand. With a little help from her brother in the cavalry, she’s able to make ends meet, but lately he’s run afoul of his commanding officer, so she undertakes a visit to straighten him out.

Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno. He can barely control his rowdy troops, much less his two adolescent daughters. If Daniel doesn’t find someone respectable to guide his children, his mother-in-law insists she’ll take them.

When Louisa arrives with some reading materials, she’s mistaken for the governess who never appeared. Major Adams is skeptical. She bears little resemblance to his idea of a governess–they’re not supposed to be so blamed pretty–but he’s left without recourse. His mother-in-law must be satisfied, which leaves him turning a blind eye to his unconventional governess’s methods. Louisa’s never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough?

 

My thoughts:

Regina Jennings is on my list of favorite authors. She’s a master at blending romance, history, and humor. Her stories have a fabulous balance of giggles and sighs.

I’ve lived in Oklahoma for over a decade so the setting was of great interest to me. I was able to sympathize with Daniel when he lamented over the sweltering climate because man-oh-man it got blistering hot some days!

I loved the setup for the main characters—the heroine being a saloon singer and the hero a strict army captain. You know there’s going to be a battle—and it’s NOT going to happen with guns and swords—but with confrontations and secrets. And the booming sparks between Daniel and Louisa had nothing to do with the cannons! It was so fun to read!

Ms. Jennings painted a beautiful backdrop and weaved a plot that gripped my attention until the final word. I can tell this series is going to be on my reading radar, and I can’t wait to discover what the next story will entail.

About the author:

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of numerous novels, including For the Record, A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. She has won a National Readers’ Choice Award and been a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children and can be found online at http://www.reginajennings.com.

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My One Word for 2018

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Happy New Year! Okay, so I’m like two weeks late, but I have several good excuses, um reasons, for my tardiness to 2018. Obligations both to family and work had delayed me, but I’m here now!

As I reflect on my 2017 one word—brave—I can confidently say God had my back. Several circumstances leap to the front of my mind of how God had strengthened me with His courage. One HUGE example would be the decision we made to place my daughter in public school. I have homeschooled her previously and had been hitting the proverbial wall as to the best way possible to teach her. She’d been diagnosed with autism when she was small, and I’ve been the protective mama bear ever since. Okay, maybe sometimes OVERprotective, but still. It was a colossal struggle for me to shy away and let others help with her education, but I knew God was stirring me, that His hand was on this. He helped me—sometimes through tears—to be brave. To trust Him more. And I’m so so glad we enrolled her. She has the best teacher, an understanding aid, and welcoming classmates. She loves attending her “red school” as she calls it. And I’m thankful that fear didn’t eclipse my faith when it came to this crucial decision. To God be the glory!

Now, back to the present. In regards to this year, I debated back and forth whether to reveal my word. I was perfectly comfortable coddling my word in my heart’s palm, hurriedly tucking it into the pocket of my soul if by chance someone would try to sneak a glance. Why, because it’s personal. It stretches me to trust God more. It nudges me to embrace what He’s been trying to convey to me for years.

Breakthrough.

My approach to life for an embarrassingly long time had been to just get through. If I can only get through this month. This day. This attitude ranged from the small occasions to the large. Whatever this world threw at me, I would tighten my fist, grit my teeth, and pray that I just. Get. Through.

But God wants me to breakthrough.

So little by little, day by day, I’m going to trust Him to peel the layers from this reasoning and replace each steely shred with a band of truth. That He’s the God of the Breakthrough. He puts me over. He gives me the success. He places in me His very nature, and that’s why I can overcome. And yes, breakthroughs can be monumental, but they can also be slight. I need to learn to celebrate each victory no matter how trivial it may seem. Cultivate a heart of thankfulness. And soar on wings as eagles.

Breakthrough, my friend.

What about you? Do you have one word to carry throughout the year?

 

 

More Than Just Another Ornament

 

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I open the ornament tub and am greeted by an old friend. The small box beams up at me with its crinkled edges and yellowed plastic. I slip the ornament out of its house, careful not to disrupt the thinned cardboard, and observe the ornament by the lights of the tree. The once shiny metal has dulled, and the face of the bell is brushed with orange rouge from corrosion. The plastic figurines are still embracing, but the girl’s fingers are chipped, exposing slivers of pink.

It’s beautiful.

When my husband and I purchased it, we were newlyweds. Recently planted in Oklahoma, a thousand miles away from our hometowns, it was definitely a leave-and-cleave period of our lives. The month before our very first Christmas, we debated back and forth about getting a tree for the holiday. After all, it was $80! Plus tax! A purchase like that was HUGE for us back then. But we nabbed it from Wal*Mart and bought our first ornament to hang on its artificial boughs.

Over the span of three pregnancies (with a baby in glory) and five moves, this six-dollar gem had witnessed fifteen Christmases from its lofty perch. It has absorbed the wails of infants, the exuberant squeals of toddlers, and the giggles of children.

On the front, the words Our First Christmas Together 2002 are engraved.

This ornament is a testament of a love that’s been celebrated, tested, strengthened, and refreshed more than the barren earth in spring rains. I gaze at it and am encouraged.

Us.

Such a small word for such an expansive meaning.

Like every couple, my husband and I have experienced laughter and pain, defeat and victory. Many sobs. Many embraces. Many smiles. Many kisses. I’ve gained a fondness for football and golf (well almost golf. ;)) And he’s spoiled me by enduring my passionate admiration for watching costumed drama. Two become one. Our lives have blended, our souls entwined. Together.

So obviously it’s our fifteenth Christmas as a couple. I’m blessed to have acquired so many memories and am eager to take on more as our hearts are committed to Jesus and each other.

Do you have a special ornament? What is its significant value?

Amongst The Roses Cover Reveal

Okay friends, it’s snowing. Nineteen degrees outside with a “feels like” temp of 3 degrees! 3 degrees!!! So today is the perfect day for a summery, sunshiny cover reveal, right?!

Maegan Gorecki’s next release Amongst The Roses, book one in the Keystone Legacy series, is slated to release April 12, 2018.

Wanna know more about it? Here’s the blurb:

The War Between the States shakes Margaret Bryant out of her comfortable upper-class life when her father enlists in the Army of the Potomac. Despite being safely ensconced above the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her strength tested by opposition from familiar faces and Confederate threats. Will she let a young man from a lesser station into her heart even as war rages ever nearer to the home front?

Restless Connor Doyle sees the war as a way to escape from his family’s farm and his identity as a poor Irishman’s son. His brother, Adam, torn between duty to country and his family, enlists alongside Connor. Adam dares to hope in a future with Margaret when he begins a courtship correspondence from the war front. The two brothers make a vow to protect one another at all costs, but when faced with death and destruction from all sides—will they be able to uphold it?

The three bloodiest days in America’s history bring these three together at Gettysburg and tragedy’s cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart—and bring two unlikely allies together.

Now for the COVER REVEAL!!!!

 

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Isn’t it lovely? The whole aura of it is simply stunning. The golden tones, the script detail, the roses that deceive you into believing you can reach in and pluck one, and of course the heroine with an intriguing expression. All so vivid, all so gorgeous! This is a story you don’t want to miss.

 

                                       About the Author

Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction about what Godfb_img_1512512640450.jpg can make beautiful from the ashes of history, and hearts. A lover and avid studier of people, times gone by, and fiction, she has been writing since childhood and now houses her books under Northern Belle Publishing. Coffee and red lipstick color her days as a redhead from a box, alongside her treasured tribe of family and friends in her beloved hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

You can contact her at her Blog/Website, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Bringing the Gift of Heaven

It’s the first of December. Some may say it’s officially the start of the Christmas season. Christmas is EVERYWHERE! It’s lining the hallways of my children’s school, it’s blaring over the speakers of each store I walk into, it’s the flavor of every single commercial from now until December 25th. (That’s only a few examples. Give me time, and I could fill this entire post with Christmas sightings.)

Here’s the thing. I’ve been reflecting on the meaning of Christmas. And what’s been jumping out to me is this—

God brought heaven to earth.

Throughout the ages, humanity’s heart hungered for something real. For love. For life. Just something to fill the emptiness, to revive what’s dying. Mankind had lived in a state of spiritual feebleness, crying for a taste of hope. And God answered this cry through the birth of His Son. Through Jesus, He brought heaven to an angry, sinful world. He sent heaven to us.

And now we as Christians, can do the very same thing. Our hearts are filled with the hope of heaven, and we in turn, can bring it to those around us. Bring heaven to your voice by speaking words of encouragement, praying for those hurting this holiday season. Bring heaven to your hands with simple acts like making cookies for the widow who lives next door or by donating gloves/mittens/coats to local clothing drives around your community. And just like our Example, Jesus, you can reveal the heart of God everywhere you go.

Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed acts of rage, devastation, injustice and pain. Again humanity is broken, but salvation is within reach. This isn’t a save-the-world post, but more like a I-can-bring-a-piece-of-heaven-by-simple-works kind of message. It doesn’t take much. It should begin within the boundaries of your home. Instead of allowing the holiday stress to overwhelm you, breathe the wonder of heaven by dwelling on the reality of Emmanuel- God with us. He truly did bring heaven to earth, and more importantly heaven to our hearts. It’s up to us to share.