Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Meme : Book Beginnings and Friday 56 - May 31, 2013 Edition

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. To play along, please do the following:

  • Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments
  • Make sure to share the name of the book and the author so we know what you're reading
  • Feel free to share your first impressions with us based on the first line
  • Link your post at RoseCity Reader, or if you don't have a blog, leave it in the comments below

The book I'm reading right now is Losing Faith by Jeremy Asher
(currently free on Amazon)


December 22

Rain fell onto Seth’s car, creating tiny explosions of water on his windshield.  He turned a dial, and his windshield wipers flipped back and forth.  A large bolt of lightning raced across the sky, sending a chill down his back.

My Thoughts:  Good beginning, it's been raining a lot here

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice. To play along:

  • Grab the book closest to you, any book will do.
  • Turn to page 56
  • Choose the fifth (5th) sentence or a few more (just don't spoil it too much)
  • Post it on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, post it in the comments below
  • Link your post to Freda's Voice 

I'm using the same book for my Friday 56:
Losing Faith by Jeremy Asher

Not sure what page on Kindle (lol)

She stood behind her chair and waited a few minutes while he continued watching television.  Another request of his.  

My Thoughts:  Okay, now I'm beginning to get a creepy feeling - like maybe there is some abuse in this particular relationship?  Or maybe I'm too

Seth Storm, a once famous musician from Nashville, is now nothing more than a fallen star. After climbing the music charts and making his dreams come true, his life took a turn that he’d never expected, causing him to lose it all. Now Seth is determined to do whatever it takes to turn his life around, even if that includes doing the one thing he swore he’d never do. After giving up music and the career he spent much of his life building, Seth embarks on a journey to get back what he cherishes the most: his daughter, Faith.

Trista Tilman, a single mother, finds shelter on the road as she and her daughter try to escape her abusive fiancé, Randall Tuck. As Trista struggles to repair her damaged relationship with her daughter, Tuck begins to close in on them.

Along the way, Seth and Trista encounter a storm that threatens their one chance at getting their lives back. Forced to travel together, they discover that success lies not just at the hands of fate but also within each other, two unlikely travelers fighting to survive not only the storm but also the demons of their past.

As the road takes them deeper and deeper into the storm, Seth and Trista find themselves face-to-face with their worst fears. Can love help them pick up the broken pieces of their lives?

Please play along and if you decide to follow my blog, let me know and I'll return the favor.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Virtual Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Heart Stone by Sherry Kyle

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book Tour for The Heart Stone by Sherry Kyle.  Please leave a comment or question for Sherry below to let her know you stopped by.  You can follow her book tour here, and enter the giveaway on my blog by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can check out my review here

The Heart Stone
by Sherry Kyle

Publisher: Abingdon Press
Release Date: April 1, 2013


Book Description:  

When the biological father of Jessica MacAllister’s son decides to break their custody agreement, Jessica and her son visit her Uncle George for advice and refuge…

Following a year of grief, Evelyn Sweeney is finally ready to move on. Pondering her new path in life, her mind drifts to her first love, George MacAllister…

When the lives of these two women cross, they discover that one heart-shaped ring binds their stories together. But will the results be a rekindled faith and new hope, or will it lead them both back into the darkness they’ve fought for so long?

About the Author:

Sherry Kyle is a graduate of Biola University with a degree in Communications, and a minor in Bible. Sherry is also a graduate of theInstitute of Children’s Literature. She currently has three books in print, her award-winning book for tween girls titled The Christian Girl's Guide to Style all about beauty, fashion, and character, Delivered with Love, her debut contemporary novel, as well as The Heart Stone by Abingdon Press. Sherry and her husband have four children, three biological and one by adoption. She lives along the coast in central California.

You can find her on the web at:

Connect with Sherry:

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Super Book Blast & Giveaway for The Perfect Duke by Dawn Ireland

Welcome to my stop on the Super Book Blast for The Perfect Duke by Dawn Ireland.  Please leave a comment or question for Dawn below to let her know you stopped by.  Dawn will be awarding a $20 Amazon gift card to one randomly chosen commenter during the tour.  The more often you comment, the better your odds of winning.  You can follow her tour here.  

The Perfect Duke 
by Dawn Ireland 

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Release Date: March 11, 2013

Buy Link:  Kindle


Known as The Marble Duke amongst the Ton, Garret Weston, the Duke of Kendal sets himself apart from his peers. Nothing will hinder his guilt-driven attempt to become a perfect duke.  Nothing that is, save the alluring and imaginative betrothed he’d thought dead. His intended believes-of all things-that she is a Vicar’s daughter. The “perfect” duke needs a “perfect” duchess, but how was he to discern her suitability? Employing her as a governess to his niece seemed like an ideal solution. But whose “suitability” is being tested? His betrothed refuses to see he is beyond redemption. And most grievous of all, she stirs his blood, making him forget what’s important.

Cara believes fairy tales really can come true, until she meets the unrelenting and arrogant Duke of Kendal. He looks like a Prince, but acts like a Beast. Why must he challenge her at every turn? Her greatest peril is her attraction to the vulnerable, seductive man behind the title. A match between them would be impossible. But can she show him, without losing her heart, that “perfect” is in the eye of the beholder? 


Cara noted the tightening around the duke’s mouth and thought she may have gone too far. “I’m sure your behavior is exemplary.
For a duke.”

“But?” He tilted his head slightly, one winged brow raised.

“If you expect your niece to like you, then stop treating her as if she doesn’t exist, or worse yet is a servant in this house.” She moved to within a foot of him. “Do you know anything about her?”

The duke’s gaze darkened with an emotion she didn’t recognize. He lifted his hand in slow increments until he cupped her cheek, as if compelled by a force beyond his control. His thumb rubbed feathery strokes at the corner of her mouth. “I admit to a certain amount of ignorance.” His voice dropped to silky persuasion. “Perhaps you could enlighten me?”

She couldn’t breathe. His voice washed over her like dark velvet. Her heart pounded and she had the absurd impulse to step forward, eliminating the space between them. What would he think of her boldness?

Instead, she closed her eyes and turned her face into the warmth of his hand. The moment felt magical, as if his touch awakened her.

When she dared a glance at him, he shook his head as if he didn’t understand what had just happened, then dropped his hand. The moment faded, leaving her empty and confused. What she wouldn’t give to be able to disappear like the fairies in her stories.


“Once Upon a Time” are four of Dawn’s favorite words. Her love of story became a love of romance when she read Georgette Heyer’s, Devil’s Cub. It inspired her to write stories with strong characters that discover love is never easy, but always worthwhile. Dawn’s written several award-winning novels set in Georgian England – an era filled with rules and intrigue. Her characters often defy “Society” as they pursue love, run away, pursue, run away – well, you get the idea.  

Then again, she might write romance in order to do the research. What other profession encourages you to sit in the audience at Harlequin’s Male Model search, and take notes, or just sigh?

Dawn lives in a Victorian home in Upstate New York with her husband and very independent cats. When she’s not writing, she’s singing, gardening, learning to play the harp or wood carving. If you’d like to learn more about Dawn and her novels, go to her website at      


Don't forget to eave a comment or question for Dawn below to let her know you stopped by.  Dawn will be awarding a $20 Amazon gift card to one randomly chosen commenter during the tour.  The more often you comment, the better your odds of winning.  You can follow her tour here.