Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Review: Winter’s Captive (The Lochlann Treaty #1)

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Winter’s Captive

(The Lochlann Treaty #1)

The black X of the Aramach Rebels marks the spot Princess Charlotte’s life was destroyed.

Her fiance taken and her kingdom on the brink of war because of it, Charlie refuses to be the damsel in distress and takes matters into her own hands. She can only trust a handful of people as hints of a conspiracy are uncovered.

Leaving her castle and everything she’s ever known behind, Charlie ventures into a place she only thought she knew — her own kingdom. In the face of traitors and thieves and ruthless rebels, Charlie won’t be stopped on her mission to set things right and find her prince.

The only question is: Will she find him before it’s too late?

Review:
Rating: 5 Glowing Stars!
Published: December 21st 2018
How have I not picked this up sooner?! I’ve had it on my Kindle for a while, and wanted to read it for longer, but somehow it never happened. I recently got the change to read 1-3 of this series, and I flew through this one, and can’t wait to read more!
There is so much to say about this series, but then again, I loved all the twists and surprises, and don’t want to give any away. I’ll just say that if it sounds like your kind of story, do yourself a favor and pick it up today!
I will add one thing…well maybe more than on. One, Logan is one of those characters I know I’m going to like from the start! This doesn’t always happen, but always does in my favorite books, some examples of characters I ‘imprinted’ on at first sight/line: Rhysand from ACOTAR, Murtagh from Eragon, Ryker from The Elite Trials, among others…
So I knew I was in for a treat…I just had to look past Charlie’s naive personality at first, but even she grew on me once she left her ‘pampered’ life, which often seems to be the point then I start to enjoy the FMC’s personality as well.
Second…oops, anyway, I found many of the ‘twists’ in this one to be predictable, yet that has seemed to happen a lot lately, and since they were always things that I was asking myself about, or expected when a character mentioned something anyway, or more often ‘dismisses’ something, it didn’t not take away from the experience at all, and actually added to my enjoyment as I felt I was able to better predict and understand the characters, as if I had grown up along them.
Overall, I loved reading this, and highly recommend it! Also, as mentioned I found this books similar to another favorite I read this year, The Elite Trials by Becky Moynihan! Especially the second book, but as it’s a series (and you’re gonna want to get ALL the feels, start with Reactive, it’s a quick read, and totally worth it, Adaptive just gets better (think ACOTAR is required to enjoy ACOMAF fully, same type of things! Trust me!)
Other books to try:
Reactive (The Elite Trials #1) by Becky Moynihan • Always (The Lost Princesses #0.5) by Jody Hedlund • Ice Crown (The Elements of Kamdaria 1) by Kay L Moody

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Sunday’s Spotlight: Wrath and Wing (Ena of Ilbrea 0)

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Wrath and Wing

(Ena of Ilbrea 0)

Home, love, safety. They are all a lie.

Healing is a hanging offense, and Ena is done risking her neck to watch her patients die. Fleeing a future of blood and death, Ena braves the dark unknown. Life taught her the cruelty of the world. But she never imagined the dangers of her journey.

As evil surrounds her, Ena is threatened with a fate worse than the one she escaped. Legends and dark magic stand between her and the future she dreams of. A future that will cost more than pain.

When innocent lives depend on her mercy, Ena must face an enemy with the power to set the sky on fire.

A life of romance and adventure wait for Ena, if she can survive the road ahead…

Sunday’s Spotlight: Scream of The White Bear

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Scream of The White Bear

In the frozen North, the entire Ice World is under threat when Uteq, a Polar Bear cub, is born with a strange mark and the ability to know other’s deepest fears. Is he the Saviour foretold by the Warrior Storytellers, the mysterious Order of the Fellagorn, whose voices have the power to affect life itself, or a victim forced on an impossible quest into the heart of Evil itself? With a cast of unforgettable characters, and the warring themes of science and religion, David Clement-Davies creates another thrilling epic in the tradition of classics like Fire Bringer, The Sight and Fell. Indeed, this is a novel broth drawing on those stories and taking the journey beyond.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Review: Armor of Aletheia

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Armor of Aletheia

(Sacred Armor Trilogy #1)

The death of the king sets in motion a chain of events that change Karina’s life forever. Thrust out of the royal city, she must leave her world behind to seek out the Armor of Elohim in order to save the very people who now hunt her.

Meanwhile, the opportunistic warlock waiting to unleash hell knows Elohim has already chosen his warrior, so he sends his own bounty hunter to retrieve her. After the bounty hunter abducts her, he witnesses her gentle nature and strong independence, and he finds he can’t turn her in.

Together, they set out to retrieve the armor and defeat the hordes of creatures sent to destroy them. But is Tristan’s heart secure as he faces certain death for defending the princess? And will Karina be able to rise above her circumstances to become all Elohim intends her to be? Failure for either of them will condemn the world to eternal darkness.

Review:
Rating: 4 stars
Published: August 29th 2018
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing Inc.
*I received a copy of this book from the author. This does not affect my review.*

I struggled a bit to start this one, I had hoped to read it quickly, but it took a few good tries before I was finally pulled in, but as soon as the story picked up, and things started being explained a bit, I couldn’t get enough! I really enjoyed the characters and setting, the feel of an old classic, with some new surprises and twists to add to the story, fun magical races, and plenty of colorful character personalities, sure to please! I has a feeling Tristan would be my favorite, but I was surprises by how many other characters also demanded my attention and jumped to life as I read! It’s always a good book when you struggle to put it down, but it’s exceptionally well done when the characters follow you, carrying on their stories even while you go about daily life! Those are always my favorites, not only are they unforgettable, but these characters remain close friends for life!

ARC Review: Flame Crown

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Flame Crown

(The Elements of Kamdaria #4)

Kidnapped, imprisoned, and alone. But she isn’t dead yet.

Talise’s secret is out. Much to her surprise, Kessoku hasn’t killed her. But they aren’t about to let her go either.

Her latest escape attempt ends when she nearly launches herself down a chimney that leads to an incinerator. Her captors laugh at her antics and call her names.

She lets them.

She plays along, acting as scared and as helpless as they want her to be. Time in her cell is spent whimpering, groaning, and jumping at the slightest noise.

Little do they know, she is taking note of their routines. Watching for inconsistencies. And waiting. If they believe her to be weak, they’ll never expect another escape attempt. She is determined that the next one will be successful.

After twelve years, she’s not about to give up now.

Review: 
Rating: 5 stars
Publish Date: October 9th 2019
Publisher: Marten Press
*I received an advance copy from the publisher. This does not affect my review.*

I…this series, I can’t even! I loved this book so much, and along with the whole series, I can’t even express how much I enjoy reading about these characters! It’s like watching my favorite TV show, it’s so vivid when I read, and the characters are complex and feel so real they are more like friends than just characters in a book, which for me is one of the highest praises for my beloved books!

This one ramps up the emotions, as Talise’s secret’s out, and as things ended in Dust Crown, she’s also a captive of the enemy, Kessoku. I loved seeing her strategize how to escape, and also enjoyed all the character conflict and inner struggles they faced as the story progresses. There’s so much that happens in this one, and a lot of character growth can be seen. While the ending was very emotional, it was as surprising to me as some of the others, but it still done in a way that I can’t wait to read more! I’m curious to see more about how Talise’s changes affect her future, as well as seeing how her friends react to the changes in their lives!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Spotlight: The Book of Curiously Named Animals

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The Book of Curiously Named Animals

An illustrated compendium of animals with funny, fascinating, or just-plain-weird names (like the sparklemuffin peacock spider or the fried egg jellyfish) teaches kids about unusual animals as well as scientific taxonomy. Genuinely fun reference!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Blog Tour: Heir of Lies


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the HEIR OF LIES blog tour by Mallory McCartney, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:
Title: HEIR
OF LIES (Black Dawn #1)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: April 21, 2020
Publisher: MM Books
Formats: Hardcover,
Paperback, eBook
Pages: 397
“Hope was a dangerous thing. It could
consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one’s
heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew,
burning you down to your core, leaving you raw and exposed for the world.”
Emory Fae has only known one thing—life
at The Academy, a school for those who have special abilities. Following in her
parents’ footsteps, the pressure to uphold their dream falls on her and one of
her best friends—Adair Stratton. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to
break away from the expectations dictating his future. With whispers of dark
magic spreading across Kiero, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it
seems.
An unexpected visit ignites new tensions
as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered
Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher, sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating
and wrath, for the first time in years, they demand the Faes listen to their
proposition for a new treaty. Caught in the middle of politics, Adair and
Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis, search for the
one thing that matters the most—the truth.
Their world is tipped upside down as
unlikely alliances are made, and war ravages Kiero. Through the throes of
betrayal, lies, hidden magic, and love, Adair is faced with a life changing
decision. Will he fight or bow to the darkness within?
But, Adair’s decision will change the
course of Kiero forever, setting in motion irreversible destinies for everyone
at The Academy as Emory Fae rises as heir.
Heir of Lies is the first book in the
bestselling Black Dawn series.
The Black Dawn
series is re- releasing and “Heir of Lies” (book one) is coming April 21 2020!
This edition will have an exclusive map and bonus content!
 
Review:
I was excited to read this, and after reading it, I’m even more excited about this series! The level of detail and description is captivating, and really helps to bring this story alive! I loved the characters, and I look forward to seeing more of them in the next book!
About Mallory:

 

Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.




 
 
 
 
 
 
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Amazon Gift Card, International.
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12/17/2019
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12/18/2019
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12/19/2019
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12/20/2019
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12/23/2019
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12/24/2019
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12/25/2019
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12/26/2019
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12/27/2019
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12/30/2019
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12/31/2019
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1/1/2020
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1/2/2020
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1/3/2020
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1/6/2020
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1/7/2020
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1/9/2020
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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Blitz: Hap, the Prize-Winning Horse

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Christian Literature & Fiction
Date Published: November 2019
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Hap, the Prize-Winning Horse is such a positive, charming tale of triumphing over obstacles. There is so much heart and dedication in this novella, and you will feel invested in Hap’s journey and Kemper County.
There was once a horse named, Hap. He was purchased along with several other horses by Bennett Wingate and he grew up on a farm in Kemper County, Mississippi. When Hap was young, he had aspirations of being great and becoming a great race horse. However, his owners, the Windgates, did not have much money to put him in the best races nor train him to compete for the big prize (s). These setbacks did not stop Hap from dreaming. He knew that if he kept the faith and maintained his determination that one day his dreams would be accomplished. This is a story of triumph over many obstacles and tragedies. But, the central theme throughout the story is that if you maintain a positive attitude, determination, hope, and perseverance you can dream big and those dreams can become a reality.
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 Excerpt
Chapter 3: Setbacks to make the dream a reality
Even though, Hap had many setbacks early on it was the dream that kept him going. While sitting in Bennett Wingate’s barn each and every day, he would sit in his stall and constantly reflect on what it would be like to win a great race, perhaps the Kentucky Derby. But, the true reality was that his owner did not have much money and Hap realized this. The only true enjoyment that this horse would experience would be riding with his owner after he got home from work each day. However, Bennett had to share his responsibilities and love with horses, the young Hap and the older horse, Jackal. The older horse was quite stubborn and obstinate and at times posed several behavioral problems. But, Bennett and Delores adored this horse even more than Hap it appears. This made Hap especially uneasy because he knew that Jackal had a terrible attitude. He knew this because he was around this horse each and every day.
Matter of fact, Jackal harassed Hap, ate his food, and at times would use the bathroom in his stall. He knew that Hap was young and he took advantage of him on numerous occasions. Jackal told Hap one day that he was going to “kick him out to the wild” and off of the Wingate Farm if he did not obey him and follow his lead. Unfortunately, Bennett Wingate would not see this side of Jackal until the end, a tragic end at that.
Bennett Wingate was a simple man who believed in the simple things in life. He went to church on Sunday’s as a Deacon at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, then went home to sit down, drink a beer, and spit tobacco in the empty can. Pleasant Hill Baptist was a church that Bennett was born and raised, literally.  Most folks in the community knew him by Junior because he was actually born Bennett Wingate, Jr. He was name after his father. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and an all around outdoorsman kind of guy. But, believed in hunting deer in the Winter and turkey in the Spring time.
Yes, Bennett was a simple man living a simple life. But lately his fascination outside of his hunting and fishing was his adoration for his grandkids and horses. Every day after working long hours at the reservoir, he went straight home, fed his cows, and got on his horse. The majority of the time he rode the older horse, Jackal, and let his grandkids ride, Hap.
“Junior, you are always riding that horse” Delores exclaimed. “Do you ever think about others but those horses?” Bennett would state emphatically, “Now, Delores, honey you know that you are my first love”. “Besides after a long day riding around the reservoir, I need a little down time and this relaxes me.” He would say with a huge grin on his face. So, it was his passion and it was not lost on anyone who visited their home. But what Delores did not realize is that he would take his grandson, Curtis with him while he tended the fields and cows. This would have a profound affect on young Curtis because he loved his “ Pa Pa” dearly, and clinged to his every word.  How great it was to visit the Wingates, though because while Bennett was passionate about outdoors, animals, and wildlife his wife, Delores, was passionate about cooking. She worked all her years as a cook at several cafés and restaurants around East Mississippi. Her pound cakes would simply “melt in your mouth” They were just that good!
About the Author

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Author, Christian, avid sports enthusiast, Tuskegee Univ., Webster Univ and The GWU alum.
Horace Crenshaw is an accomplished author, business consultant, and motivational speaker. He infuses core concepts such as focus, discipline, leadership and drive into every aspect of his life. He uses these same core concepts to help his clients excel at the highest level, and achieve excellence. Horace loves seeing other people thrive, and he enjoys being an active member of the community.
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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Grand Finale: The Dating Charade


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

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

Launch – Author Interview

What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read it?

I hope readers come away from the story having laughed and smiled over the crazy antics (some that were plucked directly from my mothering life) but also learned more about the ups and downs of the foster system, some perhaps even finding themselves called to get involved in some way. That’s what happened to our family. After writing this book, we were led to start fostering ourselves and our house recently became officially approved.

Cover Lover Book Review – Review

“I LOVE THIS STORY! . . . The Dating Charade is fresh and fun. I was entertained and amused, and also moved by its incredible and unexpected intensity. Melissa Ferguson is a clever storyteller, infusing her writing with equal servings of wit and depth. . . . this heartwarming book has earned its spot on my Favorites of 2019 list.”

Paulette’s Papers – Excerpt

He swung the locker closed. He needed to get it together.

In the stillness of his room he lay on his back, picked up his phone. It glowed in the otherwise dark space. Even as he typed the words in the app store and hit the download button, he felt the heat on his neck, the shame in even considering the terribly desperate option. He twisted his neck to double-check the lock on his room door. The mere act of looking into one of these sites depleted the level of his manhood. This was just testing the waters, he reminded himself as he swiftly created a username and logged in, scrolling down the page as dozens of faces popped up. He would just take a look around, see if this was a real possibility for expanding his connections . . .

Reading Excursions – Review

“…a family drama story with both Cassie and Jett finding their way with the kids they’ve inherited. And, neither one knowing about the other’s situation with miscommunication occurring. . . . this was a delightful read. It was heart-warming and often heart-tugging.”

Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters – Interview

How does this book stand out in this genre?

The Dating Charade is a bit different from the typical rom/com, particularly because while there are several laugh-out-loud moments, there’s also the story revolving around the children and the issues they have to face (abandonment, addictions, foster care). So, I guess I’d say, The Dating Charade is happiness and total happily-ever-after with a bow, but also carries a message about the power of family, however they came to be.

Among the Reads – Review

“Such a funny and heartwarming story!

I don’t always enjoy stories that combine humor and serious elements. A balance is needed to make this work. To not make the humor seem out of place in the midst of the tragedy or to make the more serious elements seem like a shock because they are so extreme. Melissa Ferguson crafted a story that had me laughing and pulling out the Kleenex! . . . If you enjoy laughing and romance, I highly recommend The Dating Charade!”

Tell Tale Book Reviews – Excerpt

He rested his hand on the top of her car door and paused, the door separating their bodies but their faces suddenly not so far apart. “Till Wednesday, then.”

The exposed skin of his neck was red from the chill, and beneath his form-fitting jacket sat a pair of dark jeans that complemented his green, button-down oxford. Any drift of cologne—if he wore any—was overpowered by the thousands of pines surrounding them, infusing their world with shouts of Christmas.

Nat King Cole’s melody, “Almost Like Being in Love,” came over the outdoor speakers, drawing them toward one another like the red-velvet ribbon draped around the large Christmas trees in shop windows.

“Till Wednesday,” Cassie repeated softly.

Wishful Endings – Review

“Ferguson has been added to my must-read, auto-buy list of authors. I loved her writing style, the characters, and this story! So much emotion and heartbreak, but so much hope and love as well, making the story not too heavy, which is the perfect combination. Definitely recommended to both Christian and non-Christian contemporary romance readers.”

underneath the covers – Excerpt

Cassie’s face hurt from smiling. For ten minutes she drove with that smile—a slaphappy grin. When a car cut her off turning into Food City, she had nothing but a Merry-Christmas-to-all grin to give him. As she slowly passed the lights of an ambulance and two feuding citizens beside busted cars, her wide and vibrant smile met them, and with understandable misunderstanding both citizens threw a few choice words toward her before turning back on each other. But there was nothing to be done about it. The smile wasn’t going anywhere.

What if he was the one?

The Green Mockingbird – Review

“From laugh out loud moments to more emotional and serious layers, The Dating Charade has appeal far beyond its cute cover and promising synopsis. . . . With just one novel to her name (she has a novella I’m wanting to read!), Melissa Ferguson has found her way onto my must-read author list. I eagerly look forward to whatever she pens next!”

Read Write Breathe – Review

“Okay, so first; WOW!!! I’ve loved books and I’ve laughed reading books but never so much as this one. This book? I have no words! It was messy, sappy, happy, and wonderfully one of the best books I have ever read!”

I’m All About Books – Excerpt

Jett whispered tersely, pointing to the thrown items. “Drew. Pick. Up. Your. Macaroni.”

Drew looked up at him while shoveling another handful—literally, as in hand without the spoon—of macaroni into his mouth. “Can’t. I’m a dinosaur. Dinosaurs don’t have hands.”

Jett’s uncle stifled a smile.

Jett himself stifled a look that would’ve slid that smile right off his uncle’s face. He set the fork down and stood. “Young man . . .”

Harlie’s Books – Review

“This is a fun read but it does go deeper than you expect. Ms. Ferguson does an excellent job of balancing out the light with the dark. I just wish, in a way, that there was more romance. But hey, I love romance books. Do yourself a favor and pick up this gem of a book. You will thank me later.”

Backing Books – Review

” loved this! Getting to see these characters interact, both adults and children, made this a great read. Cassie and Jett are two amazing people who really step up to the plate when it comes to taking care of the three children they have each suddenly found in their care. Taking care of children is never easy, and these two were thrust into that with three kids!”

Angela Walker’s Reviews – Excerpt

So, this was how it was going to be. He’d thought that exact thought a thousand times since entering that long stretch of highway between his aunt’s house and his own. Every time, however, the blow lessened. At first it was like he had stood against a wall, and a truck had slammed into his body at seventy-five miles an hour. Then it felt like being strapped to a tree, an archer shooting an arrow into his chest. This morning it was a brass-knuckled punch to the face. Now, however, the hand giving the blow had softened, no more of a sting than if Sarah had slapped him on the cheek. He was getting used to the pain.

Could perhaps even acknowledge a part of him liked watching the two small heads huddled close together beside him, Dakota’s little hand in his. Could acknowledge he was getting used to seeing a stack of diapers next to a stack of movies.

It wasn’t as lonely.

Faithfully Bookish – Interview & Review

What is your next release and/or what are you working on now?

M: The Dating Charade released December third (woo!!!) and I’m working The Cul-de-sac War coming out fall of 2020. 🙂

“All the hearts on the cover of The Dating Charade are entirely fitting because this story has heart in a big way (and a healthy dose of hilarity, too… often at the expense of the main characters)! I laughed, I cried, I hugged my kids, I told one of my kids to read this book! . . . Melissa Ferg[u]son’s debut is a “nothing but net” three-point shot for the win! I highly recommend this story!”

Labor Not in Vain – Review

“There are many hilarious situations, and I loved how the children keep Cassie and Jett on their toes. A heartwarming debut, with lighthearted humor, with a heartfelt core. Highly enjoyable read.”

Two Points of Interest – Review

“The novel was a fun and cute read. I like that even though Cassie was jaded, she still tried to open up her heart to love. . . . a novel about two separate people adopting children and learning to care about others than themselves. Overall, I like the idea of family being people who you choose and not only the ones you are born into.”

SPLASHES of Joy – Excerpt

Jett was a bona fide hero.

And she couldn’t let him go.

Pulling herself back to the present, Cassie shook out the pink tablecloth and threw it across the Ping-Pong table, shaking out her thoughts as she did so.

Meanwhile, Bree, with crossed arms, stared at her as though she’d watched every bit of Cassie’s playback reel. “Listen, if you don’t call him, I’m going to. I’ll marry him myself, Cassandra Everson.”

Uplifting Reads – Review

“I totally fell madly in love with this book and all of its characters. . . . And there are plenty of moments that will tug at your heartstrings. I admit that I cried both sad and happy tears while reading this book, as well as almost laughing to the point of tears. There’s just so much love and greatness in this story. I’m so glad that I picked it up.”

Library Lady’s Kid Lit – Interview

When you are not writing, what other hats do you wear? What do you do for fun?

When not writing, I’m a mother of twin 4-year-olds and a 2-year-old daughter, and they stay all day with me. I also teach Bible and Religion online primarily for my alma mater, King University.

Peaceful Pastime – Review

The Dating Charade is a super cute, fast paced and fun read. I knew that this was a debut novel when I started reading it but it certainly doesn’t seem like a debut novel at all, it reads as a novel penned by a more experienced author, so kudos to Ms. Ferguson for that.”

EmpowerMoms – Review

“This author did such a great job with the struggles and horrors of foster care, trying to be a single parent, and trying to just get thru the day-loving and hating every minute of it-being exhausted but grateful at the end of the day. As a parent, I could relate to so many of the struggles, laughs and tears. I loved reading this book!”

Heidi Reads… – Excerpt

Star, as she was always so keenly aware, was nowhere to be seen.

For the past seven years she’d watched for the magic minute when the girls left their schools and made their way to the Haven. At the window, at 2:15 p.m. every day, she’d waited for them to come. Like the rumblings of thunder before a heavy storm, she and her staff would feel the anticipation, the shake, before the magic minute struck. The sudden rush at the computer to finish that report, to send that e-mail, to put the finishing touches on that flyer. The dash to the coffee station for a refill, because it very well could be the last calm moment for the rest of the day.

Often Cassie couldn’t stand it any longer and would step out the front door with her fresh mug, beckoned by the distant sound of the final school bell.

Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review

“Oh my goodness! Add this book to your TBR pile right now! If you love clean romance written from a Christian perspective, The Dating Charade is a book for you. I had to keep checking to make sure this was “for real” Melissa Ferguson’s first book, because it sure doesn’t read like a debut novel! Sure enough, it is! I’m already looking forward to her next book.”

All excerpts from The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson. Used with the permission of the publisher, Thomas Nelson. Copyright © 2019 by Melissa Ferguson.

The Dating Charade
By Melissa Ferguson
Contemporary Romance, Christian
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 336 Pages
December 3rd 2019 by Thomas Nelson

Just when you think you’ve met your match . . . the charade begins.

Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.

But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.

No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?

Melissa Ferguson’s hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small packages—and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren’t nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.

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About the Author

Melissa Ferguson is an adjunct professor for Bible and religion at King University. She lives in the charming town of Bristol, Tennessee, with her husband, twin toddlers, and baby girl. She used to have hobbies like running and backpacking the Appalachian Trail outside her door. Now her hobbies include admiring the Appalachian Trail out her minivan window while singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” en route to the library.

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Grand Finale: THE PIPER’S PURSUIT


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

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

Launch – Author Interview

What was your motivation behind THE PIPER’S PURSUIT? Why did you want to write it?

I wanted to give Steffan his own story, as he was the rebellious, troubled bad boy in my last book, The Warrior Maiden, so he could redeem himself and get his happily ever after. I also wanted to write a retelling of the Pied Piper fairy tale. I’d loved that story even more after I visited Germany and took a day trip to Hamlin to see all the touristy fun they have with that story there—plays, everything you can imagine shaped into rats, a church glockenspiel depicting the story, and statues of the Pied Piper you can pose beside.

Beauty in the Binding – Review

“Readers who enjoy Young Adult fairy tale retellings will probably like The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson. In keeping with its YA branding, the romance is very clean and the prose had that YA feel where it’s not deeply beautiful, but it’s entertaining. The Piper’s Pursuit was an easy, fast read for me that has a permanent home on my bookcase.”

SPLASHES of Joy – Review

“It takes a lot for an author to take an old loved story and make it her own, and Melanie Dickerson is an expert at it. She breathes her own new life into these fairytales, and just maybe someone can find the Lord through her books. I highly recommend this book to anyone because I believe everyone can enjoy this one.”

Cover Lover Book Review – Review

“As with all of Ms. Dickerson’s fairytale recreations, Piper’s Pursuit is so interesting. It’s also unique in that I’ve never read (or heard of) a retelling of the classic Pied Piper until now. . . . very enjoyable and enchanting.”

Paulette’s Papers – Excerpt

Did Katerina dare to stay out hunting past dark? The sun was going down, casting long shadows as she skirted the forest on her right and an empty meadow on the left. At least the town gate was visible ahead.

She checked her crossbow, making sure the arrow was strung and ready. Her unruly brown hair was starting to come free from the leather tie taming it at the nape of her neck.

She picked up her pace as she passed a particularly dark section of the forest. She could easily imagine the giant wolf, or whatever the beast was that had killed so many, coming out of those dense trees and leaping at her. Would she have time to aim her crossbow before she fired? She would only get one shot.

simplysusan – Review

“I have always loved the Pied Piper of Hamlin story and she does wonders with this one! I was captivated from the very beginning and read it in one day. Highly recommended.”

Daughter of Increase – Review

“This was such an interesting read! I personally never read the original story of the Pied Piper — I only know a little bit about it and definitely plan to read it after having read this amazingly written re-imagining. Melanie Dickerson is such an awesome writer. The way she weaves in the word of God in her books is simply amazing.”

Life is What It’s Called – Interview & Review

Life Is What It’s Called – What do you hope readers will gain from this book?

Melanie Dickerson – I hope they understand that true love is kind, and true love protects. Also, that you can fight unfair situations and, with God’s help, you can win!

The Piper’s Pursuit is probably one of the best books out of the Hagenheim series. There was action, adventure, mystery, romance and more. . . . It’s definitely worth a read.”

Heidi Reads… – Review

“I really enjoyed seeing Steffan’s path to redemption and getting to know Katerina- these characters really came to life . . . . There is plenty of suspense and action, and the romantic tension slowly grows as Steffan proves himself worthy of Katerina’s trust. . . . Overall, an exciting and satisfying escape into this creative retelling of The Pied Piper.

Bookworm Mama – Review

“Melanie’s books never cease to amaze me. Her ability to bring my favorite fairy tales to life in a beautiful and pure way just makes my heart soar. . . . This story is riddled with danger and adventure. From fighting the beast, fleeing Henneck and his guards, protecting children, and freeing a city…Kat and Steffan will take you on a journey as they pursue truth, freedom, and love.”

mypreciousbitsandmusings – Excerpt

His thoughts were suddenly redirected by a sight he’d never seen before—a herd of rats moving down the street, streaming into an alleyway up ahead. They roiled as they crawled and tumbled over each other, making faint screeching sounds, mingling with the collective clicking of their tiny claws on the cobblestones.

A man walking into the path of the rats suddenly cried out and started to back away. The rats reached him before he could escape, engulfing his feet as he cried out again, lifting one foot then the other. Steffan held his breath, too far away to help the man as he tried to walk on top of the rats. When he lifted one foot, a rat hung by its teeth from his ankle.

Tell Tale Book Reviews – Review

The Piper’s Pursuit was a wonderful story, filled with adventure, intrigue, and romance. Melanie Dickerson’s distinct style of storytelling shines bright in this book. The rich historical and regional details leap off the page in vivid color, leaving the reading completely immersed in the 15th century storyworld. You will love characters and hate the villains. And, I’m sure, like me, will be unable to put down The Piper’s Pursuit for even fire, famine, or flood.”

I’m All About Books – Excerpt

He burst out the door behind Katerina. He pursued her down the cobblestone street, but not before he noted the hulking man pushing himself off the shop front he was leaning against and coming after them.

She was walking fast. He stayed just behind her. Perhaps he could wait until she was less angry before trying to convince her to trust him.

He knew a lot about anger. He’d spent the last year realizing how foolish his own anger had been. Now, when that anger rose up, instead of drinking too much to make it go away, he asked himself where it was coming from. Oftentimes he realized he was blaming someone else for something that was mostly his own fault. The person he was most angry at was himself.

Pause for Tales – Review

“The stakes are high with this one. With a beast… or two? . . . The descriptions are chilling and the mystery compelling. I hate the villain with a passion. This is definitely one of my favorite[s], if not my favorite Dickerson book I’ve read to date.”

Wishful Endings – Review

THE PIPER’S PURSUIT is a twist on the Pied Piper and the Prodigal Son with a strong heroine in the middle and a town to save. The characters are likable, the story entertaining, and the romance is sweet with an inspirational aspect as these characters seek to forgive others, themselves, and trust in God. Recommended to Christian historical romance fans.”

Hallie Reads – Review

“This Pied-Piper reimagining (blended with the story of the Prodigal Son) allows the truth of Steffan’s character to shine—and brings him just the type of fierce female he needs. Katerina challenges him, even as she has her own lessons to learn, and together, they make a great team. I enjoyed rooting for them throughout the fairytale adventure.”

Remembrancy – Review

“. . . Dickerson weaves a story of redemption, learning to give yourself forgiveness and grace for past mistakes, and good conquering evil that is an entertaining addition to the entire Hagenheim series (and readers of the entire series will enjoy the connections to the other stories throughout The Piper’s Pursuit).”

Inspirational Reading Adventures – Review & Interview

“I was excited to read this one, and easily found myself captivated by Katerina’s story! . . . full of thrilling adventures full of action and mystery, the promise of danger, suspense, romance, redemption and love.”

Q: What are your favorite genres to read and write? What are your favorite books?

A: My favorite genre is historical romance. It’s hard to imagine writing in any other genre. My favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, everything else by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, A Vision of Light and the rest of that series by Judith Merkle Riley.

Faithfully Bookish – Interview

What is your next release and/or what are you working on now?

M: The Peasant’s Dream releases in July, and I just turned in the first round of edits on that. It is, alas, the 11th and final book in the Hagenheim series. But I’m also writing Court of Swans, the first book in a new series set in England in the reign of King Richard II in the late 1300’s. This first book is a retelling of the Wild Swans fairy tale. I’m excited about this new series!

The Piper’s Pursuit’s action-packed plot kept me on the edge of my seat. Dickerson’s story shows that people aren’t always as they appear—for better or worse.” – by teen guest reviewer, Faith

Among the Reads – Excerpt

Kat got a strange feeling, a prickling at the back of her neck, as if something were breathing just behind her. She turned, but only Steffan was there, slightly behind and to the side of her. Beyond him were dark, shadowy trees. The sky seemed to have become overcast, hiding the sun and making the forest even darker.

She continued forward. How had she never seen this path before? Or gone this way? It must be a very new path. A fallen tree lay up ahead. She vaguely remembered seeing it before, lying against a large boulder, half covered. But today there were other downed trees that looked to have been piled up around it, covering the boulder, if indeed her memory was correct.

Red Headed Book Lady – Review

“I have really really enjoyed this book. I’m so glad that I got to be on this tour. I don’t know when I have enjoyed a book so much! But just wow! It’s so exciting with twists and turns that it will leave you biting your finger nails and frantically turning the page to see what happens to Katerina and Steffan!! These two are incorrigible! They certainly make an adventure exciting!! . . . I highly recommend this book. Melanie Dickerson is an excellent author who can bring the old fairy tales back to life in ways one can never imagine.”

All-of-a-kind Mom – Review

“As always, Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale retellings do not disappoint. . . . This story has all the delights of a fairy tale, and yet, there’s so much more to it. . . . If you are a lover of fairy tales, be sure and read this one!”

All excerpts from The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson. Used with the permission of the publisher, Thomas Nelson. Copyright © 2019 by Melanie Dickerson.

The Piper’s Pursuit
(Hagenheim #10)
By Melanie Dickerson
YA Fairy Tale Retelling, Christian, Historical
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 320 Pages
December 3rd 2019 by Thomas Nelson

A fairy-tale journey of intrigue and romance that reimagines the classic Pied Piper story.

A plague of rats. A giant beast outside the village walls. A host of missing children. And one young woman determined to save her people.

In 1424 Hamlin, Katerina faces threats from all sides. An outbreak of rats has overtaken the village, a mysterious beast is on a killing rampage of the village’s children, and Katerina’s evil stepfather is a dark presence inside the walls of her own home. Katerina is determined to hunt and kill the Beast of Hamlin herself before more lives are lost.

When Steffan, the handsome but brash duke’s son, comes to town seeking glory and reward, Katerina decides he might be the ally she’s been looking for—even though the only gentle thing about him seems to be the sweet music he plays on his pipe. But there’s more to Steffan than she suspects, and she finds herself drawn to him despite her misgivings.

Together Katerina and Steffan must stop the enemy from stealing the children of Hamlin. But their interference might create an even worse fate for the entire village.

Praise for The Piper’s Pursuit

The Piper’s Pursuit is a lovely tale of adventure, romance, and redemption. Kat and Steffan’s righteous quest will have you rooting them on until the very satisfying end!” —LORIE LANGDON, author of Olivia Twist and the DOON series

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About the Author

Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author who combines her love for history, adventure, and romance. Her books have won a Christy Award, two Maggie Awards, The National Reader’s Choice Award, the Christian Retailing’s Best Award, the Book Buyer’s Best Award, the Golden Quill, and the Carol Award. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children and adults in the U.S., Germany, and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing stories of love and adventure near Huntsville, Alabama.

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