Check out an interview with author Miriam Feinberg Vamosh for The Scroll (Interview & #Giveaway)


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The Scroll
By Miriam Feinberg Vamosh
Christian Historical Fiction
Paperback & ebook, ? Pages
January 19th 2019 (re-issue) by The Toby Press

Summary

The Scroll is a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of Masada. It draws from an authentic archaeological find: the divorce document of a woman named Miriam.

This fictionalized version of Miriam's story begins in the year 73 CE on Masada's final horrific day, where enemies within and without bring about the downfall of the last Jewish fortress. Its survivors are forced to choose between nation and family, and finally, between life and death. Will they learn the lessons of Masada's downfall?

Although it tells of events that took place two millennia ago, The Scroll sheds extraordinary light on the complexities of modern Israeli society and the dilemmas faced by Israel and its leaders today.

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Author Interview

1. What inspired you to write THE SCROLL?

From the time I began, as a tour educator, sharing the saga of Masada – about the last of the Jewish rebels against the Roman Empire in 73 AD who killed themselves rather than fall captive, the only survivors being two women and five children, people would inevitably ask me: “What happened to the survivors?” I would tell them history is silent about them and add: “Someday I’m going to tell that story.” I wanted to share how I imagined one particular woman took her fate in her own hands and chose life, for herself and for her descendants. When I found out that an ancient Jewish divorce document had been discovered in the 1950s in a cave in the Judean Desert, that it was “datelined” Masada before the end came there, and had the actual names of the man and the woman involved, I knew somehow that this ancient papyrus would help me tell that story. I also knew that although 2,000 have passed since the events, it is very relevant to our lives today.

2. Would you tell us a little more about the main characters?

The character that starts off the story is a woman named Miriam. That was the name of the woman in the historical divorce document, and in a way that an author and her heroine would have the same name. But in the end I embraced it, deciding that it meant I’d be discovering how a modern Miriam would meet the challenges of an ancient one. I imagined that she grew up in a war-torn Jerusalem, her well-to-do family, seemingly oddly, joining the most extreme of the rebels. That is how she found herself at the cliff-top fortress of Masada with some 900 other rebels, eventually the last of the rebels to face off against Rome. Because she held a special position in the community, she was able to avoid the suicide pact their leaders were making. Together with her mother, and five orphan children, she is captured by the Romans, but escapes. Then, her passion for life leads her to make choices that few women of her time would make, hoping her own children would choose differently. As it turns out, she seems unable to escape her fate, and her only son can’t do so either. His name is Gabriel. He becomes a wealthy landlord in Galilee and tries to shield his family from harm. I had mixed feelings about Gabriel. He turned his back on everything his mother’s people had stood for, but he chose that path because he felt it was the best way to shield family from Romans. He had a daughter – Rebecca – whom he was grooming to become the dutiful wife of a landed farmer, which would keep her safe. But as it happens in many families, Rebecca also struck off on a path of her own – not her father’s. I liked the way Rebecca grew into her role, although as it turned out she was almost duped into it by a character from her grandmother Miriam’s past. His name was Samuel, and I almost hated the way he insinuated himself into their family to further a doomed cause.

3. Did you find any unique or surprising facts while researching the book?

I discovered the historical background of a divorce situation the Jewish sages called a “conditional divorce” – essential to the beginning of The Scroll’s plot. It’s based on the ancient interpretation of a verse from, of all things, the story of of David and Goliath! From that verse “And to thy brethren shalt thou bring greetings, and take their pledge (1 Sam 17:17–18).” Here’s where you can read more about it: https://www.jerusalemperspective.com/17073/. Divorce is considered an extremely serious last resort in Judaism, but permitted under certain circumstances. Ancient Jewish sages said one of these conditions could be if a man goes to war, he could (or should) give his wife a “conditional divorce.” That’s because there was almost no post-war “missing, presumed dead” category in ancient Jewish practice. And so if the warrior’s whereabouts were unknown, he might never return and his wife could never get on with her life. But if his wife had this document she could, under certain conditions, “activate” the divorce. I call this a “loving divorce,” because by granting it while still alive but at great risk, the husband was treating his wife with the utmost compassion.

4. What do you hope readers will come away with after they've read THE SCROLL?

I hope readers will have a deeper understanding of one of the most tumultuous times in ancient Jewish history. I hope they will realize the extent of disunity among Jews as to how best to respond to Roman rule – some among them even believed that anything was legitimate, including the murder of other Jews, to throw off Roman rule. And I hope readers who already know that Jews in general have a keen sense of living their ancient history as if it were in the present will realize that disunity was our greatest enemy in those days, and still is today. That is one message. Another message is for both Christian and Jewish readers to immerse themselves in the incidents I present where Jews and early followers of the rabbi from Nazareth interact, and what each side takes away from those encounters, because it’s not what people usually imagine.

5. What site is a must-see for visitors to Israel?

There are the all-time favorites like the Western Wall, the ancient historic churches and many other sites in Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea, Masada and Nazareth. There’s the Sea of Galilee its sites connected to the ministry of Jesus like the must-see traditional destinations like Capernaum and the Mount of Beatitudes – and a fascinating newly opened site, Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene with a recently excavated synagogue from the time of Jesus. And now I’ll add some not-to-be-missed sites that I hope readers of The Scroll who visit (or have visited) Israel will be enriched by seeing, especially if they’re reading The Scroll, while they’re in Israel. Masada, is already on the list – some major moments in the beginning The Scroll take place there. And right down the road along the Dead Sea from Masada is the gorgeous oasis reserve of Ein Gedi, where you can walk to a sparkling waterfall and see the ruins of the town to which Samuel took Rebecca to meet her fate. There’s Beit Govrin – Miriam’s first real home after she opens a new chapter in her life not long after the fall of Masada. Beit Govrin National Park is less than an hour from Jerusalem and has Roman and other ruins and a fascinating underground city and rock-hewn caves. Then, there are are the exciting ruins and reconstructions in Sepphoris in Galilee, known in ancient times as “the jewel of all Galilee,” where Gabriel and Rebecca lived, and where Gabriel said farewell to his beloved daughter.

6. What is your favorite thing about Israel?

Of course, as you might guess, I love living in the midst of all this biblical history and landscape. But it’s much more than history, much more than “stones and bones.” To explain, I’ll turn to the words of the great Israeli writer Amos Oz, who recently died at the age of 79: “I like being Israeli. I like being a citizen of a country where there are eight and a half million prime ministers, eight and a half million prophets, eight and a half million messiahs. Each of us has our own personal formula for redemption, or at least for a solution. Everyone shouts, and few listen. It’s never boring here.”

7. Do you have a favorite Israeli dish?

Israeli cuisine is made up of the dishes of some 80 different countries from which Jews came in the first years after Israel was founded and since, as well as the Arab cuisine that has long been part of this land. What I like most about Israeli cuisine is how it relates to the Mediterranean diet that is considered so healthy. One of my favorite dishes is tahini, which is made of ground sesame seeds. There’s a tahini shop in the village of Abu Ghosh near where I live, and they have six different kinds, depending on how the seeds are ground and what variety they are. And they make it with honey in a form called halva, which is an amazing sweet snack or desert. Some restaurants here in Israel serve halva ice cream, which is really exotic.

8. What genre do you read when you want to escape or relax with a book? Any favorite authors?

In terms of contemporary novelists I love Amos Oz. His novel “Judas,” is meaningful to me because of its New Testament connections. His “A Tale of Love and Darkness” is immersed in melancholy, but is also a window onto life in Israel, seen through the author’s eyes as he grew into his teens in Jerusalem during the generation of Israel’s founding. (Oz, by the way, is the grand-nephew of Joseph Klausner, whose 1921 work Jesus of Nazareth, his Life, Times and Teaching, which is a must for anyone trying to better understand the era.)

When I travel, in my down time I love to read a historical novel about where I am at that moment. In India, it was Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors, In Cambodia it was the John Shors historical novel. Temple of a Thousand Faces, and in Taiwan, Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan. I loved Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth, which led me to his trilogy. And my favorite airplane reading is...every book Jonathan Kellerman ever wrote, among the dozens, The Butcher’s Theater stands out, because it was set in...you guessed it...Jerusalem.

9. What is something interesting or quirky about you? Any particular interests?

I’d have to say that’s would be a “who” not a “what:” The man I chose to share my life with 38 years ago this month. Arik is a wounded warrior from the Yom Kippur War in 1973. When I met him, he was already in a wheelchair and still is. Not only did our marriage lead to two daughters and five little grandchildren, but Arik’s love for travel, despite or because of his situation, has led to my own intense interest in travel for the disabled and in making heritage sites accessible for wheelchair users and others. Arik has traveled all over the world, first on his own or leading groups of wheelchair users, and in recent years, I’ve been able to accompany him. That’s how I got to India, Cambodia and Taiwan, among other places. We attend conferences about disabled transportation and the challenges of disabilities, and we hear so many amazing and inspiring stories about disabled people in far-off corners of the world who make the best of their situation, and a better world, for themselves as well as for others.

10. What are you working on next?

I’ve just started working on my next historical novel, which is based on a Bible story about the family of King David, with relevance today, but with a surprise ending and closure that even the Bible never thought of!

About the Author


Miriam Feinberg Vamosh was born in Trenton, New Jersey and has lived in Israel for over four decades. She is the author of the best-selling Daily Life at the Time of Jesus, which has been translated into 32 languages. She is also the author of Women at the Time of the Bible, Food at the Time of the Bible, Teach it to Your ChildrenHow Kids Lived in Bible Days, and with Eva Marie Everson, she wrote the award-winning Reflections of God’s Holy Land, a Personal Journey Through Israel. Her historical novel, The Scroll, is a moving saga about the survivors of Masada and their descendants over three generations, and is based on a real archaeological find.


Tour Schedule

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  • a print copy of The Scroll
  • a variety of teas from Israel
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An Alaskan Proposal by Beth Carpenter (Tour Launch & #Giveaway)

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Book Tour Launch for
An Alaskan Proposal
By Beth Carpenter

Note from the Author

Happy New Year! Time for a fresh start.

Sabrina Bell is starting over. The upscale department story chair where she worked as a fashion buyer went bankrupt. After a long search, she found a position as a management trainee in an outdoor outfitters, but in order to get the new job, she might have implied that she was an experienced camper. She’s not. Unfortunately, in her first outdoor activity with the new company, she creates a few hiccups. Well, explosions, actually. 

And that’s what leads her to propose a barter arrangement to survival instructor Leith Jordan. She needs to learn to be “outdoorsy,” and fast. Annoyingly arrogant though Leith might be, he’s her best chance to keep her job. She just hopes it’s worth it. 

AN ALASKAN PROPOSAL is the fourth story in the Northern Lights series. It’s a classic “fish out of water” romance, set in Alaska. There are dogs, and outdoor scenes, and Leith’s niece Emma, who is a bundle of energy. I think you’ll like it. Thanks to all the bloggers and reviewers on this tour. 

And if you’re making any fresh starts this new year, I hope they lead to happily-ever-after. 

— Beth

An Alaskan Proposal
(Northern Lights #4)

By Beth Carpenter
Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
January 1st 2010 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can he teach her survival skills—

without endangering his heart?

When Sabrina Bell taps Leith Jordan for a crash course in conquering the great Alaskan outdoors, he figures he’s on safe ground. They’re polar opposites and his spectacular home state’s just a pit stop for the hotshot fashionista. So no one’s more surprised than Leith when he starts falling for her. Now he’s a man with a plan: get Sabrina to fall in love with Alaska…and, hopefully, with him.

Tour Schedule

January 21st:
Launch
Baroness Book Trove
It's All About the Romance
Reading Is My SuperPower
January 22nd:
underneath the covers
Book by Book
Mythical Books
The Power of Words
January 23rd:
Reading On The Edge
Declarations of a Fangirl
Thoughts of a Blonde
Hearts & Scribbles
E-Romance News
January 24th:
Rockin' Book Reviews
Kimber Li
Heidi Reads...
My Life Loves and Passion
January 25th:
Becky on Books
Remembrancy
Locks, Hooks and Books
EmpowerMoms
January 26th:
Grand Finale

Other Books in the Series


About the Author


Once upon a time ...

when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She's still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.

She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.

Tour Giveaway


1 winner will receive a book tote, a print copy of A GIFT HORSE by Beth Carpenter, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card

Prize open to US continental residents - If winner doesn’t have a US mailing address, the alternate prize is a $25 Amazon card and two e-books (A GIFT HORSE and THE ALASKAN CATCH).

Ends January 30, 2019

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Weekly Update #301, busy as usual...


Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week!

I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Last week was quite busy as I've been helping my sister get ready to move several states away and also keep on top of all the extra activities my kids have going on right now. Saturday I spent cleaning and doing some organizing in the garage. Hopefully I'll get that finished on Monday. I'm actually looking forward to the kids being home for Martin Luther King Day as it gives me a chance to do something fun and also watch another chick-flick with my oldest daughter.


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Here Walk the Dead by Brynn Chapman (Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Here Walk the Dead
By Brynn Chapman

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

The year is 1910, and Arabella Holmes has met her lifelong dream of becoming a purveyor of abnormal science for the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Philadelphia. But academics and forensics were never a problem for Bella. People. Navigating people and the nuances of relationships is far more vexing than any anatomical puzzle or mystery...

Mythical Books - Review

"...the author succeeded to get my attention with the main plot but also with the romantic aspects well embedded in the general flow of the story. . . . The pace is an allegro, but there are also scenes in adante and presto tempos, depending on their nature and purpose. As the whole, they support the increasing tension that culminates in a life and death situation. Casualties? Yes. The possibility of a new chapter? Yes, and I cannot wait to read it!"

Oh Hey! Books. - Interview

Did you ever have a rough patch in writing, where nothing in the story seemed to fit or make sense?

Writing, is rough. Period. I’ve never met a writer who didn’t have periods of extreme productivity, and then periods of desolation. For me, the words are never the issue, its whatever extraneously may be happening in my life that whisks me away from my inner vortex.


"It goes deeper into the relationship between Arabella and Henry and the book is also generally a bit darker with lunatic asylums, social darwnism and shady medical practices. . . . I might add that it's also a bit refreshing seeing characters with Aspergers written in a "proper" way and not being a comic stereotype."


"I enjoyed the banter/romance between Bella and Henry, and can see readers really enjoying this! . . . I’m so happy that I read this series!"

Kimber Li - Guest Post

For Fans of the BONESEEKER SERIES, Why the wait?

BONESEEKER was released several years prior, with accolades from NY TIMES BEST SELLER Grace Burrowes, “Meticulously researched and terrific fun!” and was that years winner of the Young Adult Golden Leaf Award. Then…..several years past….

Wishful Endings - Excerpt & Review

“Frostbite can occur at zero degrees within five minutes for the first stage, which results in pain and tingling and most likely a full recovery. The second degree, the body pulls blood away from the extremities, resulting in blisters that may harden and blacken.”

I then recall the moulages he crafted of stage-four frostbite. My heartbeat goes wild. “Find! Newton! Find!”

He yips.

Newton bounds out of sight, and we all stumble forward, awkwardly plowing through the gathering mounds of snow.

"HERE WALK THE DEAD is a thrilling ride as Bella and Henry try to fit into society's expectations while also trying to figure out why girls keep disappearing and where they go. Recommended to readers who enjoy gritty Gothic mysteries with sizzling romance."


A Visual Tour of Here Walk the Dead

In case you’re new to the series…here’s where we are.

Arabella Holmes—yes, daughter of that Holmes—wants to return to her job as a purveyor of abnormal science. She has temporarily been demoted to a botanist, until her love interest, Henry Watson—yes, that Watson—can help her get her less-than-professional outbursts in check. Henry is tired of his new role as doctor, tired of the lack of adventure, and tired of keeping Bella's escapades out of the papers. Five girls are missing. Gone from locked rooms in their own houses. Arabella and Henry are called upon to help solve the kidnappings, but all they unearth is more danger...


"a spellbinding adventure, with friends and fiends both old and new, embroiled in one over-arcing sinister plot. . . . Filled with thrills and chills and let's not forget about romance, fans of Sherlock Holmes will love the world this talented author has expanded upon. I adored the development of these characters and the way the plot echoed the struggles our heroes were going through. Excellently paced and rife with wit and charm, Boneseeker is a historical suspense series you will gladly sink your teeth into."


Prologue

The Lost

The reek of chloroform.

I thrash, instinctively wrenching away from the stench of the cloying rag, but too late. There is a simultaneous prick and burn as a needle jabs the crook of my arm.

I’ve had too many inhalations. I battle my eyes open.

Two men rummage through my personal effects.

The carriage—gone. In an instant, I am slung over one of their backs, dangling limp as a child’s rag- doll.


Oliver

I leave The Bell in Hand and stand stock-still in the middle of the road. The moon is white and full as a pearl, suspended in the black, sooty sky. I cannot go home and face my dreary one-room solitary confinement at the boarding house. Staring at the ceiling as the uninvited images of Arabella enter my weary mind.

That ruddy Englishman. He has ruined every plan I made. All I needed was time, first to befriend her. Then…

Sleep will not come, regardless, but…

Baroness Book Trove - Review & Interview

"Boneseeker: Here Walk the Dead by Brynn Chapman is a compelling novel. Very different from the first one but still very Sherlock Holmesy. His daughter though is at it again and getting things done her way. . . . I am still in love with Holmes and Watson the next generation. . . . I recommend this book to fans of Sherlock. It is a good read."

What was your favorite character to write and why?

Henry and Bella have been living in my head for a very long time now…so, just like my children, I love them for different reasons.

I love Henry for his heart, his compassion, and his fearlessness under fire. And his uncompromising love for Bella, no matter what the rest of the world thinks.

I love Bella for her complexity. Her innocence, and her pain, and her courage to continue to try to connect with Henry and others she loves, despite it being nearly unnatural for her.


"This is an eerie, compelling tale. . . .The characters are diverse, intriguing and the reader will feel involved in their lives. . . . it was a very captivating tale."

"Book two of the Booneseeker is even better than the first book! . . . The added characters are [just] as diverse and interesting as those in the previous novel. . . . The tale ends solidly, leaving the reader eager for more."


"This is one suspense filled and fun read. I had to have it read in one sitting. . . . I hope there will be another book in The Boneseeker Chronicles series. I enjoy catching up with Arabella and Henry and seeing what adventure they will get into next. They are quite the pair and I love how they interact with one another. . . . I recommend Here Walk the Dead, as well as, the beginning to this series, Boneseeker. "

Colorimetry - Guest Post

WHERE ARE WE?

Setting. It matters.

As I write historicals, I do my utmost to visit if not the actual place, then a facsimile of it. There is not a substitute for experiencing the sights, smells and sounds of wherever a book takes place.

That goes for readers and well as writers. For HERE WALK THE DEAD, I toured an asylum in the state of West Virginia, twice...


"Here Walk the Dead is a wonderful follow-up to Boneseeker. . . . you are going to love Here Walk the Dead. . . . I love this story because it is super suspenseful, and much of the plot is historically accurate. . . . I highly recommend Here Walk the Dead and Boneseeker!"

Don't forget to enter the giveaway below, if you haven't already...

Here Walk the Dead
(The Boneseeker Chronicles #2)
By Brynn Chapman
Historical Romantic Suspense, Gothic
Paperback & ebook, 250 Pages
January 14th 2019 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc

Arabella Holmes—yes, daughter of that Holmes—wants to return to her job as a purveyor of abnormal science. She has temporarily been demoted to a botanist, until her love interest, Henry Watson—yes, that Watson—can help her get her less-than-professional outbursts in check.

Henry is tired of his new role as doctor, tired of the lack of adventure, and tired of keeping Bella's escapades out of the papers.

Five girls are missing. Gone from locked rooms in their own houses. Arabella and Henry are called upon to help solve the kidnappings, but all they unearth is more danger.

Bella ventures undercover into a lunatic asylum, where a mute woman assaults her and scrawls the chilling words—Here the dead wake. Plus, a vial of Bella's research poison has gone missing. Bella and Henry must find it, and the missing girls, before charges can be brought against her.

Praise for HERE WALK THE DEAD:

"Dark twists and turns abound in this fast-paced and riveting gothic thriller. I consumed it in one sitting!" ~USA TODAY BESTSELLER, Lea Nolan
Other Books in the Series

Boneseeker
(The Boneseeker Chronicles #1)
By Brynn Chapman
Historical Romantic Suspense, Gothic
Paperback & ebook, 213 Pages
January 10th 2018 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc

Aspiring scientist Arabella Holmes doesn't fit the role of a 1900s lady. Her father, Sherlock, landed her a position at the Mütter Museum to pursue her dream of becoming a purveyor of abnormal science, or what her father calls a "Boneseeker."

Henry Watson’s two-fold mission at the Mütter Museum is to join their team of forensic anthropologists in unearthing unusual antiquities and to watch over Arabella. If only he could get her to speak to him, instead of hurling knives in his general direction. Assigned to a most secret expedition to investigate a mysterious skeletal hand discovered in upstate New York, Arabella and Henry are soon caught in a scientific debate, and the search for the truth may have deadly consequences for those involved.

Are the bones from a Neanderthal? Or are they living proof of fallen angels known as Nephilim?

Watson and Holmes must put aside their differences, trust their instincts, and rely on one another to survive to uncover the truth.

*This is a new version of a previously published edition

Praise for BONESEEKER:

Winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest

"Creative, meticulously researched, and terrific fun!"  ~Grace Burrowes, NY Times Best Selling Author

"The characters, the setting, the descriptions and the mysteries and relationships all work together seamlessly to create a truly wonderful story that I completely adored." ~Best Books Ever Blog

"The settings are intriguing and the way they are described make you feel as if you are immersed in the story. I could feel the gloom and damp. That is rare in so many books! Boneseeker is a book I highly recommend, and I give it 5 stars!" ~Christy's Cozy Corners Blog

About the Author


Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love--not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger's syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society's downtrodden. In fiction, she's a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. Her ancestry tree claims she's a descendant of the House of Stuart.


Tour Giveaway


- GRAND PRIZE: One winner will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card and a Print Copy of BONESEEKER
Two winners will receive an Audiobook of BONESEEKER
One winner will receive a Print Copy of BONESEEKER
- Open internationally
- Ends January 23, 2019

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No Safe Place by Sherri Shackelford (Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

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Book Tour Grand Finale for
No Safe Place
By Sherri Shackelford

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

Welcome to this blog tour! I'm excited to share the journey with you. My latest release is near and dear to my heart because this book starts a new adventure for me...

The Power of Words - Guest Post

Forensic Accounting
“Follow the Money”

Accounting might not seem dangerous, but hiding money is integral to nefarious activities. In the opening scene of Jack Ryan on Amazon, Jack is seen tracing the financial dealings of a suspected terrorist. What Jack discovers leads him on a harrowing adventure to the Middle East, but the spark of his investigation was a rather mundane series of financial transfers...

Splashes of Joy - Review

"I thoroughly enjoyed “No Safe Place” by Sherri Shakelford! I love fast pace detective stories and this one kept me on the edge of my to seat the entire time I was reading it. In fact, I read this one in one setting! . . . “No Safe Place” will take you on a wild and scary journey, through more horrific scenes than you want to think about, but in the end, it will leave you thinking about this book and the characters long after you finish reading."


Her heart racing, Beth took the stairs two at a time and pushed open the door to the parking garage. Only a couple other cars remained. Keeping her back straight and her gait purposeful, she crossed the distance.

The sound of her heels striking the concrete echoed through the cavernous, empty space. Pausing beside the car, she dug in her purse for her keys. Normally she kept them at the ready when exiting a parking garage. Corbin’s unexpected appearance upstairs had distracted her.

As she fumbled with her purse, she dropped the bag. “Calm down, Beth.”


"In my experience, this particular imprint is notorious for grabbing you by the throat straight-off the first page and never quite letting you feel released til you conclude the story! No Safe Place accomplishes this. . . . Ms Shackelford has a knack for Contemporary drama - she alights you inside her scenes with a certain kind of polish and flair for understanding the ready details you need to see in a scene to know its the modern era. . . I love finding Contemporary authors who are in-tune with this modern era and who can write realistic impressions of the people any of us could meet on the street."

Colorimetry - Guest Post

Homeland Security

The details are sketchy, and the government has been tight-lipped, but various reports have concluded that the worst cyberattack in US history started in a cybercafe in Afghanistan. An American Pentagon worker (presumably), using the internet services of a foreign café, picked up a ‘cyber worm’ on his computer. He then transferred data from the infected computer to a thumb drive. The virus hitched a ride. When that same thumb drive was plugged into the Pentagon computer system, the worm went wild...


"This is an action packed, suspenseful, romance novel you will not want to miss! . . . Each chapter leaves the reader anxious to discover, "What happens next?" . . . The characters seemed very real, and the scenes were well described so the reader felt he/she was a part of them."

Simply Kelina - Review

"I really enjoyed the writing style. This is not the first book written by the author, but it is the first within the suspense genre. I would not have known this while I was reading. I think she did a great job with the pacing and thrilling aspects of the story."


"Great tension between the characters, and a well paced plot, there is a lot going on. I liked the complexity of the plot perfect within this format, it fit well and kept me hooked, there was a lot going on but I never got lost. A book well worth reading, and great first foray into suspense for Ms. Shackelford!"

By The Book - Review

"If you are looking for an adrenaline-laced, romantic suspense to start off your reading new year, then you need to check out No Safe Place by Sherri Shackelford! This book has it all — engaging characters, danger and intrigue aplenty, and romantic sparks. . . . All in all this book would be a great companion for a weekend getaway or staycation. Suspense and HEA — what are you waiting for!"

Wishful Endings - Guest Post

My Favorite Suspense Books

Like many people, I got hooked on romantic suspense after reading the classic, Rebecca by Daphne DuMauier. Lately, I’ve been addicted to the Orphan X series by Gregg Hurwitz. Another favorite is Alex Kava, whose first book was set near where I live. The latest book I read was The Far Empty, by Scott J. Todd...

Heidi Reads... - Review

"This is my kind of suspense book. Not so intense that I'm biting off all my nails and can't go to sleep, but engaging and compelling and has me turning the pages to see what happens next. . . . This is a story that I didn't want to put down and felt that great feeling of satisfaction as I finished. Highly recommend to fans of light romantic suspense!"

Faithfully Bookish - Guest Post

Tips on Hiding

When I bought the book, Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud, my husband was a little worried. The book was written by Elizabeth Greenwood, and I used her name as the inspiration for my heroine, Beth Greenwood.

The book is a fascinating look into the underground world of ‘making people disappear.’ Believe it or not, there’s an entire underground industry dedicated to helping people fake their death—should the need arise...


"I enjoyed No Safe Place. . . . Beth and Corbin’s story was one that kept me on the edge of my seat. I never knew where they would end up. I could not put the book down until the end."

Among the Reads - Review & Interview

"Sprinkling just enough wit throughout the story to keep it from being overly suspenseful, author Sherri Shackelford has Corbin and Beth fleeing from one place to another in an attempt to elude their pursuers. . . . Readers who enjoy authors such as Dana Mentink and Tanya Stowe are bound to enjoy this one as well. . . . I want to be sure to read more books by this author!"

Can you tell us a little about what inspired No Safe Place?

I really enjoy stories about regular people who are forced into extraordinary circumstances. I liked the idea of someone with a very ho-hum job in a boring office building who is thrown into incredible danger. I also like stories where people are ‘on the run’.

Book by Book - Review

"No Safe Place by Sherri Shackelford gives readers a quick, suspenseful (and romantic!) read, and I quite enjoyed it. . . . I recommend adding it to your TBR today!"

The Becca Files - Review

"Fast paced with plenty of action, No Safe Place was a rather quick read for me. I finished the whole book in just two sittings and in less than a day. It quickly grasped my attention and held me until the end. . . . I’d easily recommend it to fans of suspense."

EmpowerMoms - Review

"I absolutely loved it! . . . Great characters, great story line, clean romance. I highly recommend reading this suspenseful, action packed book! I read it in one night because I couldn’t put it down-it was awesome! I can’t wait to read more books by this author."


The accountant was running. Innocent people didn’t run. She’d been Corbin’s first suspect since her name had come up in the previous audit. Didn’t help that she’d spent the past week behaving like a textbook example of a guilty person. She was edgy and jumpy—rarely leaving her desk—even for meals. She didn’t want anyone messing with her computer. She didn’t want anyone to know what she was doing. Innocent people had nothing to hide.

Strike one.

Corbin pushed open the door to the garage, and his blood froze.


"I loved the page turning suspense and the push-pull of the romance. . . . This was a fast paced suspense with a good romance topped with relatable characters."


"Sherri Shackelford delivers up non-stop adventure and suspense in a race for survival that crosses state lines. . . . I really enjoyed this book and I am definitely looking forward to more exciting romantic suspense from this talented author."

Harlie's Books - Excerpt & Review

There was a bullet hole in the hood of his car, and the woman sitting next to him had become a liability to a terrorist cell laundering money. Corbin didn’t know the extent of her knowledge, and he wasn’t letting her out of his sight.

She raised the canister once more. “All right. But I have the pepper spray, remember?”

“I’m not likely to forget.” That stuff was potent. Residue had both their eyes watering in the confined space of the car. “I don’t mean to be rude, but I did save your life. A simple ‘thank you’ would suffice.”

"Corbin is a dream. He is definitely going on the book boyfriend shelf for me. . . . Beth is just one of those heroines that you truly root for in a book. . . . The plot itself is [relevant], very fast paced (love), realistic and interesting. Yes, interesting. . . . I really loved this book. Corbin and Beth stole my heart and I have a new author to read from a beloved Harlequin line."


"No Safe Place is a fast past and well written book. From beginning to end I found myself completely caught up in the lives of Beth Greenwood and Corbin Ross. . . . I thought this book had the perfect amount of suspense, well-developed characters and most important, a surprise and oh so sweet sending."


Beth shut the train’s inner door and tugged the curtains over the square window of her private 
roomette—a tiny space featuring two facing seats and an overhead bunk that pulled down. The heels finally chugged, and the train lurched. She exhaled her pent-up breath. As the station faded into the distance, her pulse gradually slowed to a normal rhythm.

An hour into the trip, she almost felt as though she could breathe normally again.

A knock on the door sent her heart leaping into her throat.

Remembrancy - Review

"Shackelford maintains a perfect balance of intense action and personal moments between Corbin and Beth, making their building attraction natural and authentic. . . . Corbin and Beth are people of faith with an inner strength that makes them do the right thing no matter the personal cost which had me rooting for them from the get-go. . . . I hope to see more romantic suspense reads from Shackelford in the (near) future."

Don't forget to enter the giveaway below, if you haven't already...

No Safe Place
By Sherri Shackelford
Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
January 1st 2019 by Love Inspired Suspense

He lives by the law.

She’s running for her life.

After forensic accountant Beth Greenwood uncovers a money-laundering scheme tying her company to the organization that murdered her mentor, she knows she needs to go into hiding. With ruthless killers in pursuit, she’s forced to rely on homeland security agent Corbin Ross’s protection—even as his investigation suggests Beth is complicit in embezzlement. Can their uneasy alliance develop into something deeper—and keep them alive?


About the Author


A former naval reservist with a top-secret security clearance, Sherri writes rapid-fire suspense featuring captivating characters and heart-pounding romance. She's authored more than a dozen novels for Harper Collins publishing, including both historical and contemporary suspense.


Tour Giveaway


1 winner will win "A Little Bit More Romance Box," which includes the following items in a Decorative Box (pictured):
- Romance Bubble Bath
- Classic Cover Harlequin Notebook
- Collectible Addition Book of Romance Poems
- Romance Bath Bomb
- Scented Candle
- Fuzzy Socks
- Books: No Safe Place and His Substitute Mail-Order Bride by Sherri Shackelford, and Undercover Memories by Lenora Worth

US only
Ends January 23, 2019

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A Q&A with Author Lisa T. Bergren for Once Upon a Montana Summer (Interview & #Giveaway)


I loved this story (read my review here)! Below you'll find an interview with the
author (including my clue you'll need for the big giveaway), my blog's giveaway,
and more info on the scavenger hunt and the big giveaway hosted by the author...

Once Upon a Montana Summer
(Once Upon a Summer #1)
By Lisa T. Bergren
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 243 Pages
October 26th 2018

Summary

Love is Never Best Played Out on TV...

Adalyn Stalling's clients convinced her to be a contestant on their reality TV show, The One. Hundreds of thousands of viewers tune in each week to watch a group of bachelorettes try to win one bachelor's heart, and then during the next season, watch bachelors do the same.

Adi appeared on the show twice-once as a potential love-match for the bachelor, once as the bachelorette. As a marketing executive for the firm who handles the show, Adi initially became a part of the cast in order to learn more from the "inside." But as much as she wanted to stay professionally removed, she ended up giving her heart to both Adam and Connor.

Both times, the men broke it off.

Now America's most famous "loser at love," Adalyn is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Given the media frenzy and the paparazzi that chase her, she's finding it difficult. And just as she learns she may have picked up a stalker, her childhood friend, Chase Rollins, tracks her down at last. He informs her that her beloved grandfather is ailing and needs her help, in more ways than one.

So begins an epic summer in which Adalyn needs to decide where she belongs, what she is supposed to do, and with whom she might find true love at last. All Once Upon a Montana Summer…

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Interview

Welcome, Lisa, to my blog and congrats on the release of ONCE UPON A MONTANA SUMMER!

1. Most of your other books are INSPY historical or fantasy… what inspired you to write in this new genre and publish independently?

My very first books were contemporary romance. Lately, I’ve need some “break” reads because life is hard and heavy enough, so I’ve been reading some great romances by Becky Wade, Carla Laureano and Denise Hunter. I’d had this love story in mind for a while, so I thought I’d give it a whirl again.

I went indie because series are a great way to sell as an independent, self-published author, and I could see this as never-ending, given that they’ll all be contemporary romance with a touch of suspense, and set in fantastic locations, but with new characters every time.

2. What inspired this reality TV story?

My young adult daughters dragged me into watching “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” on TV. Now it’s our shared guilty pleasure—and fun to have a reason to get them home at least once a week. But I always want to know what happens to the losers! ONCE UPON A MONTANA SUMMER is about a woman who has lost at love TWICE on one of those shows.

3. Would you tell us a little more about your main characters?

Adalyn Stalling is a smart, young, marketing executive in Chicago who had nothing on her mind besides pursuing her career, until the dating show called “The One” derailed her. Now she’s pretty broken and trying to put her life back together, but it’s not going very well. And she’s picked up a stalker.

Chase Rollins is a wildlife biologist working for the park service in Glacier National Park in Montana. He and Adalyn go way back, having grown up together on the shores of Lake McDonald. Now when her grandfather’s health is in danger and he can’t get ahold of Adi, he goes after her. He’s that kind of guy. 😊

4. If you could sum this book up in a tweet, what would you say?

A heart-broken woman. A stalker. And a hero who is trying to give his girl time to heal and hoping she’ll give love another chance. It all happens ONCE UPON A MONTANA SUMMER.

5. Do you watch any reality TV shows and what do you like or not like about them?

We used to be avid fans of “The Amazing Race.” We loved the exotic locations and the thrill of the challenges/race. We watch quite a few cooking shows, like Next Food Network Star. We’re kind of a competitive family! What I like about “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” is seeing that instant connection that some couples have and how that thrives/suffers in the midst of a fishbowl experience. What I hate about it is watching them kiss so many people and see all those broken hearts. It’s called a reality show but there is really nothing realistic about it. That’s why my tag line for this book is “Love is Never Best Played Out on TV.”

6. When you want to read some good romance, what authors or books do you turn to?

I haven’t read a ton in the last twenty years, but as I said above, I’ve become a fan of Wade, Hunter and Laureano.

7. What do you love most about the holiday season?

A little breathing room from work. A lot of great food. And time to laugh and talk with my loved ones.

8. What are you working on next, and will there be more Indie titles to come?

I have to throw myself back into historical to finish my third book in the Sugar Baron’s Daughters trilogy, SELAH. It’s due in January! Eeep! Then yes, in 2019, there will be 2-3 more Once Upon a Summer titles, probably set in the Caribbean and Italy.

I've read KETURAH and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I'll be reading the other two books as well. And now I have some more Once Upon a Summer titles to look forward to as well. 😃 Thanks so much of answering my questions!

About the Author

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than 50 books, with over 3 million copies sold. She is currently at work on her historical romance series, The Sugar Baron’s Daughters (Keturah, Verity, Selah). Her most recent releases include her YA River of Time: California Duology (Three Wishes, Four Winds), the YA series Remnants (Season of Wonder, Season of Fire, Season of Glory), the River of Time Series (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne & Tributary, Deluge), and the children’s book God Gave Us Family.

Lisa’s time is split between managing home base, writing, and working on ducks with her husband, Tim (RMrustic.com). Tim’s a worship leader and duck-sculptor. They have three bigkids–-Olivia, Emma, and Jack.

The Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Giveaway

Winner’s choice of ONE of her Montana-associated novels (print copy US only) - The Bridge, Firestorm, Glamorous Illusions, or Once Upon a Montana Summer.

If the winner is outside of the United States, they will receive an e-copy of ONCE UPON A MONTANA SUMMER.

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Tour Schedule


Be sure to visit Lisa’s website FIRST for instructions for the hunt, and then each stop once they are live. Not only does each stop offer a daily giveaway, you will find all the clues you need to complete the hunt and enter to win the major prizes on Lisa’s website!

Jan 15: Finding Wonderland; 7 Reasons to Read Romance

Jan 16: Faithfully Bookish; Why Montana?

Jan 17: Reading is My Superpower; Excerpt from Once Upon a Montana Summer

Jan 18: Wishful Endings; Q&A with Lisa

Jan 19: Relz Reviewz; Why Once Upon a Summer?

Jan 20: Lisa T. Bergren; The Final Stop and Major Prize Entry Form. 

Enter by midnight on 1/21/19 USA Mountain time! Winners will be drawn on 1/22/19 and posted on the prize entry form page on Lisa’s site.

Major Prizes:

1st: $100 Amazon gift card
2nd: $30 Amazon gift card
3rd, 4th, 5th: 3 romance novels that Lisa wrote at the beginning of her career! (USA only; if an international wins one of these prizes, she will send them a $20 USD Amazon gift card)

You can visit the next stop of the Mini Montana Scavenger Hunt now, by going to Relz Reviewz.