Undetected by Dee Henderson

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Two days. Two days was all it took for me to get through the latest book from Dee Henderson. I am a fan of her books, and her latest offering, Undetected, did not disappoint. I was pulled into the story right away and didn’t want to put it down. I’m actually a little disappointed I have finished the story and don’t get to learn more about these characters and their lives. Although, knowing Henderson, they may pop up in another of her books in the future. A girl can hope, right?

Mark Bishop is the captain of the USS Nevada, a ballistic missile submarine that his crew mans for ninety-day submerged patrols in the oceans of the world. Being in charge of the 155-person crew is a responsibility that Mark takes seriously. He’s also decided that he is ready to be married again after losing his wife on nine years several years ago. He is ready to have someone to come home to, someone with a nice smile. Gina Gray is a genius. She entered college when she was fourteen and as her college thesis, she wanted to make life safer for her brother who is a submariner and developed something called cross sonar. After another failed relationship that she had hoped would turn to marriage, Gina heads to Washington state to visit her brother and work on a couple more ideas with sonar that will change the way the U.S. Navy handles everything. Soon Gina finds herself being courted by two men and has to decide which, if either, is the man God intends for her to marry.

I loved this book. The subject was very interesting, reminding me a lot of The Hunt for Red October (even though it’s been years since I’ve seen that movie), and the pace was just right. The action along with the romance kept things moving. It was fun to see brief visits from some characters from her previous books. If you enjoy a little action, a lot of interesting information, and some romance in your books, this is definitely one to put on your list.

****Bethany House Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I was not compensated in any way for either a positive or a negative review.

Win a Copy of A Broken Kind of Beautiful

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If you read my last blog post, you know that I loved this book. I loved it so much, I want to share it with someone. I’m giving away a copy of A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert to one of my lucky blog readers.

To be entered in a random drawing for this book, simply leave a comment to this blog post and tell me what your favorite read of 2014 has been by May 15. Drawing will be held May 16 and one lucky winner will receive a copy of this beautiful book.

Good luck!!

A Broken Kind of Beautiful

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As a reader, once in a while I run across a book that I know will remain on my bookshelf for additional reads. A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert is exactly one of those books that will stick around for years and will be high on my recommendations list when people are looking for good reads. This book was tragic and haunting while hopeful and beautiful.

Twenty-four-year-old model Ivy Clark does not want her career to end, but that seems to be exactly what is happening. After ten years in the modeling industry, the only job Ivy can get is modeling wedding gowns for her stepmother’s store in Greenbriar, South Carolina. Ivy knows she’s beautiful, but that doesn’t seem to matter in Greenbriar like it did in New York City. Davis Knight left a successful career in fashion photography after a tragic accident and vowed never to pick up his camera again. When his aunt asks him to pick it up to help with her store and take pictures of Ivy Clark, he is torn. He sees something in Ivy beyond her beauty, he sees the brokenness that lies beneath.

While I was reading this book, I would go back and forth from wanting to shake Ivy and tell her to get out of her pity party and look around her to wanting to hug her and make everything better. The same thing happened with Davis, I would get annoyed at him at one point in the book, but then he would do something made everything better. Ganshert’s characters were real and raw with pasts, hurts, and misconceptions. That just endeared them to me even more. This was the first book I’ve read by Ganshert, but I’ll be adding her others to my reading list after this one.

****WaterBrook Multnomah provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I was not compensated in any way for either a negative or a positive review.

A Beauty So Rare Scavenger Hunt–Join the Fun!!

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Join me for a Pinterest Scavenger Hunt and win 1 of 7 copies of USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexander’s newest novel, A Beauty So Rare, the second standalone novel in the Belmont Mansion series.

The questions are posted below and the giveaway runs through Sunday night, April 27. The answers to the questions can be found on Tamera’s Pinterest page. Not on Pinterest? Doesn’t matter. You can still participate and find the answers by using this link.

Your answers must be submitted to TameraAlexander@ymail.com (numbered 1 – 6) by Sunday, April 27, midnight Central to be entered into a drawing to win one of seven copies of A Beauty So Rare, the second standalone novel in the Belmont Mansion series.

Questions for the Pinterest Scavenger Hunt

1. On the A Beauty So Rare board, find the pin that shares the seamstress who sewed the dress on the cover of A Beauty So Rare (featuring the heroine, Eleanor Braddock) and *click the pin* to discover what the seamstress’s most challenging part of making the pink dress was.

2. On the A Lasting Impression board, find the pin where Tamera shares about the desert seasons in her life––those times that helped her write about a certain relationship in her novel, A Beauty So Rare. *Click the pin* to learn what specific relationship Tamera mentions in that blog. It’s the relationship between which two people?

3. On the My Novels board, find the pin where Tamera shares about the inspiration behind A Beauty So Rare. *Click it* and watch the video to learn the true history that ties the Belmont Mansion (the setting of A Lasting Impression and A Beauty So Rare) to the real Insane Asylum that existed in Nashville in the 19th century.

4. On the Recipes from my novels board, what’s the recipe from A Beauty So Rare that’s posted about most often on that board (doesn’t necessarily have the most re-pins)? It’s also a favorite of Eleanor’s.

5. On the My Loves board, find the pin that references Easter weekend then *click it* to learn what kind of fish Tamera caught this past weekend.

6. On the My Novels board, find the pin for the book trailer for A Beauty So Rare, then *click it* to watch the video. What is it that Aunt Adelicia is determined to find for Eleanor?

7. BONUS: LIKE Tamera’s Facebook Page for an extra chance to win.

In your email, remember to number your answers from 1 to 6, like this:
1. Answer
2. Answer
3. Answer
4. Answer
5. Answer
6. Answer

Hope you have fun with it!

Note: Pinterest is not sponsoring this promotion nor are they formally affiliated with it.

New Name, New Look, Mostly the Same Info

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Hello Friends!! Welcome to my new blog!! As part of the Beauty So Rare street team, I’ve been inspired by other bloggers to update my website and give it an actual name (as opposed to just my user name). Welcome to Remembrancy!!!

This blog will still mainly consist of book reviews, but I am also going to use it to update my own readers on the Remembrance series as well as share some of the things I’m learning about self publishing as I go this route with the first book series.

I look forward to continuing to share my love of both reading and writing with all of you, and I hope you find some interesting information here. More to come….