September 22, 2017

Lone Star Book Blog Tours : The Day The Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker


  Genre: Psychological Fiction / Christian Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: September 5, 2017
Number of Pages: 320

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Shawn Smucker will capture readers’ imaginations with this masterfully written debut novel that combines elements of mystery and magical realism.
It was the summer of storms, strays, and strangers. The summer that lightning struck the big oak tree in the front yard. The summer his mother died in a tragic accident.
Twelve-year-old Samuel Chambers would do anything to turn back time. Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Samuel begins his search for the Tree of Life—the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back. His quest to defeat death entangles him and his best friend, Abra, in an ancient conflict and forces Samuel to grapple with an unwelcome question: could it be possible that death is a gift?
Haunting and hypnotic, The Day the Angels Fell is a story that explores the difficult questions of life in a voice that is fresh, friendly, and unafraid. With this powerful novel, Shawn Smucker has carved out a spot for himself in the tradition of authors Madeleine L’Engle and Lois Lowry.

Praise for The Day the Angels Fell:
“Neil Gaiman meets Madeleine L’Engle. I read it in two days!”
—Anne Bogel, Modern Mrs. Darcy

“Shawn Smucker enchants with a deftly woven tale of mystery and magic that will leave you not only spellbound but wanting more.”
Billy Coffey, author of There Will Be Stars



Chapter 1, Part 2
Excerpt from The Day the Angels Fell
by Shawn Smucker

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If I’m honest, though, I have to admit that during some gradual phase in my life I became too old to work the farm myself. There was a time not long ago when my farm fell into disrepair, and I thought it would be the end of me as well, because I couldn’t bear to watch so many memories collapse in on themselves. Then the family that moved into Abra’s old farm, Jerry and “the missus” and his “boy,” asked if they could rent my fields and barns. I said yes because I had no good reason to say no. Now they take care of everything and I live quietly in the old farmhouse, puttering in my garden or sitting on the large front porch, trying to remember all the things that happened the summer my mother died.
Jerry’s son looks to be about eleven or twelve, my age when it happened. I wonder what he would do if his mother died.
I think he’s scared of me, and I don’t blame him. I don’t shave very often and my hair is usually unruly. My clothes are old and worn. I know I smell of old age—I remember that scent from when my father started walking with a cane.
Sometimes Jerry’s son will hide among the fruit trees that line the long lane and spy on me, but I don’t mind. I pretend not to see him, and he seems to have fun with it, climbing up to the highest branch and peering through an old tube as if it’s a telescope. Sometimes, though, when he gets to the top, I find myself holding my breath, waiting for him to fall. Everything falls in the end, you know.
I stare at the mirror again after climbing the steps and wonder where all the time has gone. I pick up the necktie and try again, but my old fingers can’t quite get it right. I remember when I was a very young boy my mother would sometimes put a tie on me, her delicate hands weaving the smooth fabric in a magical way.
“There,” she would say, patting the knot of the tie and looking rather pleased with herself. “Now you look like a young man.”
The boy reminds me of myself when I was his age. He runs around the farm with sticks and pretends they are swords and magic staffs. Those days seem so long ago. Now I move slowly, carrying only a cane that is nothing more than a cane. I don’t know if I have the power anymore to turn this cane into anything exciting, anything like a sword pulled from a stone or a gun that could kill an Amarok. Sometimes I feel like I have forgotten how to pretend.
I give up on the tie and sit with relief at the desk by the window that looks out over the front yard and the garden. It’s rather eerie how the farm has returned to almost the same condition it was in the summer my mother died, the summer of the fire. Sometimes when I look down the lane I expect to see her walking back up from the mailbox, or my dad to wander in from the barns, dirty and ready for dinner.
After many years of wondering if I could get the story of that summer exactly right, I have decided to simply write it as I remember it. There’s no one else left who was there when it happened, no one to compare stories with, no one to agree or disagree with my own version. As I think through the story, I wonder if it’s even possible that everything happened as my memory tells me it did. It all seems rather incredible.
But one thing I’m sure of: after everything that happened that summer, life seemed fragile, like an egg rolling toward the edge of the table. It seemed like anyone I knew could die at any moment. But now that I’m old and all my friends have died or moved away, my own life feels almost unbreakable, like it will never give up.
Which reminds me of something that Mr. Tennin told me in his thin, wispy voice, right at the end.
“Samuel,” he whispered. “Always remember this.”
I leaned in closer as the fire roared on the far side of the river.
“Death,” he said, then paused. “Is a gift.”
I stare at the obituary sitting at the corner of my desk, the one I cut out of the paper yesterday—such a small amount of writing meant to tell the story of someone’s entire life. I lift it up and it’s light, almost see-through, and for a moment life seems fragile again, and temporary.
Death, a gift? I would have shouted at someone had they said that to me at my mother’s funeral. But I’ve been on this earth for many years now, and I’ve seen many things, and I finally believe that Mr. Tennin was right.
Death, like life, is a gift.
This is how I remember that summer.

Shawn Smucker lives with his wife and six children in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Day the Angels Fell is his first novel. 


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Release Day for Curveball by Jordan Ford!!

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About the book: Mystery and romance weave together in a set of fast-paced, sports romance novels. Follow the Barlow sisters as they negotiate the perils of forbidden love while finding their place at a new school in the troubled town of Armitage.

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CURVEBALL - Barlow Sisters #1 Maddie Barlow is used to being in control. So when her father uproots their family to the small, troubled town of Armitage, just six months from her high school graduation, she’s struggling to cope. Worse yet, he insists the coach makes room for all of his daughters on the boys’ baseball team. The close-knit Armitage Pitbulls don’t want three girls messing up their season, and they’re going to do everything in their power to make sure the girls don’t make them look bad…especially Holden Carter—the smooth, good-looking captain of the team. Maddie takes one look at him and knows he’s trouble. In spite of her instant attraction she’s determined to put the arrogant jock in his place, which is made doubly hard when her younger sister starts crushing on the guy. In an attempt to protect her sister from getting hurt, Maddie puts herself between them, only to face a curveball she never saw coming. Her attraction to Holden is not supposed to turn into more…and when it does she’s caught between hurting her sister and turning her back on the first guy she’s ever really fallen for. But a forbidden romance is not the only curveball Maddie and Holden have to dodge, because things aren’t what they seem in the quaint town of Armitage…and they’re about to work out that discovering the truth can be way more dangerous than living a lie.

Grab your copy today and escape into a small town where trouble lurks around every corner and romance is just a heartbeat away.


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Jordan Ford is a New Zealand author who has spent her life traveling with her family, attending international schools, and growing up in a variety of cultures. Although it was sometimes hard shifting between schools and lifestyles, she doesn’t regret it for a moment. Her experiences have enriched her life and given her amazing insights into the human race. She believes that everyone has a back story…and that story is fundamental in how people cope and react to life around them. Telling stories that are filled with heart-felt emotion and realistic characters is an absolute passion of Jordan’s. Since her earliest memories, she has been making up tales to entertain herself. It wasn’t until she reached her teen years that she first considered writing one. A computer failure and lost files put a major glitch in her journey, and it took until she graduated university with a teaching degree before she took up the dream once more. Since then, she hasn’t been able to stop. “Writing high school romances brings me the greatest joy. My heart bubbles, my insides zing, and I am at my happiest when immersed in a great scene with characters who have become real to me.”

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Curveball by Jordan Ford

Published Date : September 22, 2017
Publisher : Jordan Ford Books
Series : Barlow Sisters / Book 1
Genre : YA Fiction / Romance / Sports
Rating : 5 Star


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Curveball is the first book in the Barlow Sisters series! With only 6 months left to finish High School, Maddie and her twin, Max and along with their one year younger sister Chloe, gets pulled from everything they know for their father's new job as a police chief in a town that they know nothing about. With the three girls loving baseball, the close-knit Pitbulls and their captain, Holden Carter don't want them on their all-boy team and they will do anything to mess them up while playing.

As Maddie and Holden butt heads on the field, there has been a rash of stolen property that Holden insists that the head member of a local gang is behind everything. It takes one moment for Maddie to see Holden in a whole new light and in the process, upsetting her younger Chloe for she has a crush on Holden. With everything spinning our of control for Maddie, it takes a major curveball for everything to come crashing down and for everything to finally be revealed on who is really stealing everything. We are left with even a bigger mystery on what is going on with Maddie's sisters and what secrets this town really has in store for the Barlow Sisters!

This has to be one of the best first book in series that Jordan Ford has put out to date so far. The way this story just grabs you from the beginning and won't let go until the last word is read is the most perfect way to start this new series. You can't help feeling what these girls are going through by having to move to a new town with new people and then to have a certain team treat you badly. Then to have a huge mystery dropped into the middle of that, it just made the story that much better! I'm not much of a Baseball fan but this book made the sport seem fun in a way that it wasn't just about the game. I don't know what is gonna happen next but I so can't wait to see what this town has in store for these three girls!

Thank You to Jordan Ford for hitting it out of the park yet again and I so can't wait to read Max's story next!!

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September 21, 2017

15 Months Of Winter : My Year In North Dakota by John Bayer

Published Date : May 5, 2014
Publisher : Melicrate Press
Genre : Non-Fiction / Memoir
Rating : 5 Star


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15 Months Of Winter is a hilarious look at what living in Crosby, North Dakota is really like! In July 2012, John moved from Los Angeles to Crosby with the dream of not living in LA anymore but he soon finds out how much North Dakota is not like LA. With John writing for the local newspaper (The Journal) this book is much of what he wrote during his short but long time in Crosby and everything he experienced during his time there.

When I saw this book, I knew that I had to read it due to the simple fact that myself and my family had lived in Crosby, ND from 2004 to 2010 and I know exactly what he's talking about in this book!! Everything that was said in this book is true for outsiders not knowing what the culture is like there especially their love of Lutefisk and Slush Burgers which I still don't understand that! I had this book read in less than two hours just to see what he thinks of a town that will make you hate some parts of it but it has this draw that keeps wanting you to come back to, long after you leave it.

On a side note, the fact that a certain John who is no longer there, reading what he did for John Bayer just made a tear come to my eye knowing that was the kind of person that made it hard leaving a place like Crosby!

Thank You to John Bayer for sharing your thoughts on a town we both love to hate during certain times of the year that involves snow!

This book came from my own personal Library!

Keegan's Point by HD Smith

Published Date : January 27, 2015
Publisher : Wild Fey, LLC
Series : The Good Bad Guys / Book 1
Genre : J Fiction / Adventure / Mystery
Rating : 4 Star


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Keegan's Point is about this island mansion that was built by a recluse billionaire Marcus Keegan and there is a rumor that this house has a rare diamond in it. Charlie is a local boy who is just trying to survive middle school when he overhears this man, Nick talking about searching the mansion and finding the treasure. Nick takes Charlie and along with Nick's crew, they break into the mansion and Charlie discovers some old journals that leads him to the treasure and along the way, he discovers not everyone is who they say they are. It all leads to a ending that you won't see coming!!

I love these kind of books that make you think of all the possibilities of where the treasure is and who is really telling the truth of who they are. It might be a short book but it keeps you on your toes from the first page to the very last word.

Thank You to HD Smith for writing such a great book and I'm looking forward to reading more in this series!

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September 20, 2017

Book Unleashed : Branded Trilogy by Kat Flannery

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Genre: Historical Romance, Suspense, Western, Paranormal
Publisher: Imajin Books
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Branded Trilogy
Will courage, love and honor be enough?
LAKOTA HONOR (book 1): In the small town of Willow Creek, Colorado, Nora Rushton spends most of her days locked up in her home with a father who resents her and fighting off unwanted marriage proposals from the wealthy Elwood Calhoun. Marked as a witch, Nora must hide her healing powers from those who wish to destroy all the witkowin—crazy women. What she doesn't know is that a bounty hunter is hot on her trail.
Lakota native Otakatay has an obligation to fulfill. He has been hired to kill the witkowin. In a time when race and difference are a threat and innocence holds no ground, courage, love and honor will bring Nora and Otakatay together as they fight for their freedom. Will the desire to fulfill his promise drive Otakatay to kill Nora? Or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was?
BLOOD CURSE (book 2): Four years after the Blood Curse, Pril of the Peddlers vows to protect her child against the evil men who hunt her. With her clan unaware of the branded girl among them, Pril has to keep the identity of her daughter a secret. When her child is kidnapped, she is forced to ask Merchant runner, Kade Walker, for his help.
Kade Walker needs to find the gypsy child. Blackmailed and pushed beyond his own moral code, he is determined to do whatever it takes. When he comes across the Peddler clan, he is sure the girl is there, however all hope is lost when the gypsies capture him. Time is running out—until Pril makes him an offer he cannot refuse.
Amidst greed, lust, revenge and love, Pril will need to trust Kade. But as the evil nears and doubt creeps in, will she discover that the enemy has been standing next to her all along?
SACRED LEGACY (book 3): Desperate to escape the memories that haunt her, Tsura Harris returns to Jamestown, the very place her mother forbade her to go. A gifted Chuvani, Tsura has sworn off all magick, thus making her vulnerable to the Renoldi clan, who wish to kill her and take the pendant that is the key to her power.
Red Wolf is hell-bent on living his life on the sea, until he runs into Tsura on the docks. His pride wounded from her rejection years before, he hoped to never see her again. But when the evil Corsair, Romulus Black, demands to know where she is, Red Wolf must protect her, as is his duty.
But is duty and honor his only reason, or does Red Wolf still carry a flame of love in his heart? And will Tsura finally discover her destiny?
Kat Flannery is a very powerful storyteller and this series is a testament to her skills as a writer.
- Jan Baldocchi, Goodreads Reviewer
Ms. Flannery has crafted a deeply heartrending tale.
- Kristy McCaffrey, Goodreads Reviewer

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Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing.
A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. Kat loves to teach writing classes and give back to other aspiring authors. She volunteers her time at the local library facilitating their writing group. She’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career.
Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been an Amazon Top 100 Paid bestseller twice. LAKOTA HONOR, BLOOD CURSE, and SACRED LEGACY (Branded Trilogy) are Kat’s three award-winning novels and HAZARDOUS UNIONS is Kat’s first novella. Kat is currently hard at work on her next series, THE MONTGOMERY SISTERS.
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The World Of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Marta McDowell

Published Date : September 20, 2017
Publisher : Timber Press
Genre : Non-Fiction / Biography / Gardening
Rating : 4 Star


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The World Of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a closer look at the landscape that Laura and her family experienced. We explore Laura's relationship with the landscape that helped formed the background for her books. As we are led from Wisconsin, Kansas, South Dakota and finally to Missouri, you will get a close up look at the landscape and plants that they used during and even a chance to learn how to grow the plants yourself.

This was not the book I was expecting to read, I get so focused on Laura and her family that reading about the landscape is what truly made the books great! I'm not much for reading books that involve plants but this book kept me captivated from the first page until the very last word! Just reading this book has me wanting to go travel along the same path that Laura did just to experience everything that she did and to see the landscape that made the books that I deary love!

Thank You to Marta McDowell for writing a book that made me want to go back to read Laura's books all over again just to get a new prospective on them!

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Woman Walk The Line by Holly Gleason

Published Date : September 20, 2017
Publisher : University Of Texas Press
Genre : Non-Fiction / Music




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Full-tilt, hardcore, down-home, and groundbreaking, the women of country music speak volumes with every song. From Maybelle Carter to Dolly Parton, k.d. lang to Taylor Swift--these artists provided pivot points, truths, and doses of courage for women writers at every stage of their lives. Whether it's Rosanne Cash eulogizing June Carter Cash or a seventeen-year-old Taylor Swift considering the golden glimmer of another precocious superstar, Brenda Lee, it's the humanity beneath the music that resonates.

Here are deeply personal essays from award-winning writers on femme fatales, feminists, groundbreakers, and truth tellers. Acclaimed historian Holly George Warren captures the spark of the rockabilly sensation Wanda Jackson; Entertainment Weekly's Madison Vain considers Loretta Lynn's girl-power anthem "The Pill"; and rocker Grace Potter embraces Linda Ronstadt's unabashed visual and musical influence. Patty Griffin acts like a balm on a post-9/11 survivor on the run; Emmylou Harris offers a gateway through paralyzing grief; and Lucinda Williams proves that greatness is where you find it.

Part history, part confessional, and part celebration of country, Americana, and bluegrass and the women who make them, Woman Walk the Line is a very personal collection of essays from some of America's most intriguing women writers. It speaks to the ways in which artists mark our lives at different ages and in various states of grace and imperfection--and ultimately how music transforms not just the person making it, but also the listener.