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Hope yall have a wonderful New Years! See yall in 2009!
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This is the Sequel to Texas Christmas Brides

By Pamela Griffin & Vickie McDonough
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Can Two Grooms be lassoed in time for Christmas?


Hearts are forever changed when retired Texas Rangers try their hands at matchmaking in by-gone days. Will any of their absurd schemes work out as planned?


Erik Olson is shocked when Anna Campbell arrives in town with two small orphans in tow and declares they are his brother's children. Will Erik prove her claims false and see her gone by Christmas?


Travis McCoy is a nomadic photographer with no time to put down roots, find a wife, and raise a family. But when he enters Cut Corners, the temptations to change are strong, and he has to keep reminding himself of his goal to leave by Christmas.


How far will the schemers of Cut Corners go to make sure four wild hearts are corralled by love and tamed by faith in time for Christmas?


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In this sequel, the meddlesome founders of Cut Corners are at it again! They decide that there should be 2 more weddings in Cut Corners, and Christmas seems to be the time to get it done. The only thing missing are the Brides.


Erik is Positive the Children are not his brother's, For he was 99% sure his brother was dead long before the Children were born...But when they look just like him, will he be able to say no? And when he starts to fall in love w/their Temporary Guardian, Will he send them packing or take them in as his own, all before Christmas?


Travis McCoy, Wasn't even going to give her the time of day, because he didn't want a family, but when his uncle Tricks him into taking her out...His thoughts begin to change. Vivian has watched year after year Women getting married by Christmas, And wonders if this year is her turn?


They are great stories! And You fall in love with those old schemers, But not only do you read about new matches you also get to find out what happened to the other two from Texas Christmas Brides. I figured one more Christmas Book wouldn't hurt! :) So Enjoy!


~Rae~

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The wonderful story of how our Savior came to earth to die for our sins!

The Christmas Story can be Found in Luke 2:

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because (he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
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Have a Wonderful Christmas!!!
~Rae ~
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Texas Christmas Brides by: Cathy Marie Hake & Kathleen Y'Barbo

Two Delightful Stories of New-to-Town Women Who each become Targets of Matchmaking Schemes

#1 in the Texas Christmas 'Series'


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When four retired Texas Rangers try their hands at matchmaking, their efforts cause more fires that they can put out.

Peony Potter, a pretty girl with a mysterious past, has swept into town with a heap of trouble following close on her heels. When she comes head to head with the Local Sheriff and his suspicions, their relationship seems forever splintered before it's even begun.

Lacey Mather has come to Cut Corners to help out at Millie's Diner until her great-aunt's broken arm mends. While she's in town, Lacey's delicious cooking is warming many hearts and stomachs-especially those of a iron-willed blacksmith.

As Christmas draws near, clandestine meetings are held and plans are afoot to foil plots to leave town. Will the town of Cut Corners learn that no matter what plans they hold, God is the grandest planner of them all?

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Not the Marrying Kind By: Kathleen Y'Barbo:

From When Peony Potter firsts steps off the Train, she causes nothing but trouble for Rafe Wilson. But when Rafe and her want to give the Founding Fathers of Cut Corners a lesson, They end up giving on to Rafe instead.

Here Cooks the Bride by: Cathy Marie Hake:
Aunt Millie Broke her arm, so when her niece Lacey Mather Shows up to help, everyone wonders if she can cook better than her aunt...who Cookin can Scorch your stomach. When Lacey's First meal comes out, She doesn't have a spare minute to call her own...What with cookin, and turning down Marriage proposal's left and right. But Jeff Wilson (Rafe Wilson's Cousin) Doesn't want to let her get away, but can he come between her plans to teach at a Ladies Finishing School?

Great Book! Helps Put you in the Christmas Mood!

~Rae~
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1st a Song, then a book, and now a movie! By: Donna VanLiere
129 Pages

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If we're open to it, God can use even the smallest thing to change our lives...to change us. It might be a laughing child, car brakes that need fixing, a sale on pot roast, a cloudless sky, a trip to the woods to cut down a Christmas tree, a schoolteacher, a Dunhill Billiard pipe...or even a pair of shoes.
Some people will never believe. They may feel that such things are to trivial, too simple, or too insignificant to forever change a life, but I believe.
And I always will.
-from The Christmas Shoes


Sometimes the things that can change your life will cross your path in one instance-and then, in a fleeting moment, they're gone. But if you open your eyes and watch carefully, you will believe...



Robert is a successful attorney who has everything in life- and nothing at all. Focused on professional achievement and material rewards, Robert is on the brink of losing his marriage. He has lost sight of his wife, Kate, their two daughters, and ultimately, himself. Eight-year-old Nathan has a beloved mother, Maggie, whom he is losing to cancer. But Nathan and his family are building a simple yet full life and struggling to hold on to every moment they have together. A chance meeting on Christmas Eve brings Robert and Nathan together- he is shopping for a family he hardly knows, and Nathan is shopping for a mother he is soon to lose. In this one encounter, their lives are forever altered as Robert learns an important lesson: Sometimes the smallest things cam make all the difference.

The Christmas Shoes, a tale of our shared humanity, is a universal story of the deeper meaning of serendipity and how a power greater than ourselves can shape, and even save, our lives.


A Penny for my thoughts?:


Grab a box of Tissues! Like the song and the movie, this will grip you and make you cry. I love this series...and I read it every Year at Christmas time( and through out the year too.) There's not much 'My thoughts' can add that the Back cover hasn't already said...Just remember to have tissues handy, and no mascara! :)


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~Rae Byuel (by.u.el)~

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NorthWest by VeraLee Wiggins
Four Inspiring Love Stories from the Rugged and Unspoiled Northwest Territory.


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The Call of the Untamed Northwest Territory was a force many pioneers could not ignore. In this captivating volume featuring four full-length, award winning novels, two families answer that call and forever change the course of their lives.

Rachel Butler and Martha Lawford meet on a wagon train heading west on the Oregon Trail. Rachel is determined not to succumb to the perils of the Heartbreak Trail...But will she be as strong in the face of an even more formidable power-Love?

Matha Lawford, grieving for the family she left behind, plans to stay on her father's land claim in the Washington Territory. The rugged frontier is no place for a single woman, but who will be willing to take on this proud loner and call her, Martha My Own?

To survive the harsh wilderness, Martha enters a marriage of convenience. Abe Nobel's Love for Martha is real, yet their agreement denies such feelings. Will Martha ever say the words her husband longs to hear...Abram,My Love?

When God reunites Martha and Rachel, Rachel has a beautiful family but Martha is waiting to see what God has Planned for her. Could it be the gift of A New Love?

As the Characters of NorthWest experience God's grace on their journeys their stories of triumph ring through the years to offer new hope for today.

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I was looking through the Library, for some books to read, and When I don't have any in particular that I want to check out, I just go through looking for the sticker on the spine that says, 'Christian' or 'Christian Fiction'...And this is one of those. Great 4 Story Book, They all tie together, and the last Story was the Last 'Book' VeraLee Wiggins ever wrote! This book was put together in memory of her, by her Husband...She was a great writer! I love the book, and it kept me turning the pages...The first story is about Rachel, but Martha is in it as well. You become apart of this wagon train, when heartache strikes, it seems like it's happening to you, and not just the Characters in the story. When reading it, I felt like I was in the time period written about.

Rachel Butler, is a girl who loves her way of life, and doesn't want to give it up, but when her father decides to head west, Life ceases as she knows it. No more Restaurants, no more fancy Stores or gowns...No More parties, and No more beau's...so she thinks. She is determined to have an awful time, and not enjoy it one bit, but when she becomes friends with sweet tempered Martha, that all changes. She sees Martha rubbing off on her, and can it be? She starts enjoying the trip!
Martha Lawford, the sweet-tempered girl of 17, loves the idea of heading west with her whole family. But when tragedy strikes her wagon, can she stay her sweet self? And when she has to head on alone, can she make it with only her Dog and her God?
Abe Nobel, A man in his late Twenties, Having already been in the Army, Thinks that the Washington Territory is the most beautiful in the land. When he meets Martha, he starts taking care of her, but when her family fails to catch up like she thinks, and with winter setting in, Can They make a go of a Marriage of Convience?
Read through the four stories, and see how these two friends get split up, and then reunited! A great read, and one I recommend to be added to your collection!

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~Rae~
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A Promise For Ellie by Lauraine Snelling
314 wonderful, pages
#1 in the Daughters of Blessing Series


Lauraine Snelling is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! Her books just grab you and pull you into the story! It kept me turning the pages to find out what happened next.

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Ellie Wold can't wait to graduate. She and Andrew Bjorkland have been waiting to get married since...well, since forever, and in June they will finally wed. When Andrew announces they have to postpone the wedding, she's disappointed but takes it in stride-there must be a good reason, or Andrew's pa wouldn't ask it of them.

But Andrew is angry and can't understand why Ellie isn't upset too, especially when they'd been planning to 'marry up' ever since they were in grade school. Disgruntled, he works out his frustration with stubborn determination to finish building their barn and mail-order house, working himself to exhaustion. But just when the new house is nearly finished, an unthinkable tragedy occurs. Throwing aside the vow he made to Ellie, Andrew seeks revenge...

As their plans unravel, it looks as if their love may not survive. Is this the end of their dream?


A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?

This is Lauraine's 3rd series using the Red River Valley...Red River of the North (6 books) Return to Red River (3 books) and then Daughters of Blessing.
In A Promise for Ellie, Andrew is waiting in Blessing for the day of Graduation, when Ellie will return to Blessing to Graduate with her friends, istead of in the city, where her family moved to when the Valley was hindering her father's Furniture Buisness. But One night, Andrew's Father asks him to postpone the Wedding, Because the barn isn't finished, and the mail-order house is two-weeks late. When Andrew tells Ellie about it, she's upset, but understands that Father Bjorklund wouldn't ask it of them, if he didn't have a good reason. So Ellie heads back to the city with her parents, to collect her things, to move back to Blessing to work until the wedding.
When the wedding is upon them, Ellie and her girlfriends, decide to Stay the night at the new house. But a tradgedy occurs, that may keep Andrew and Ellie apart for the rest of their lives.

I picked this one up at the Library when looking for Opal from the series Dakotah Treasures, but when they didn't have it, I decided to get this one instead. I can't wait to go back and get the next one in the series!

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~Rae Byuel(by.u.el)~
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League of Superheroes by Steve Rice, instead of doing a Review, I decided to do an interview this month. So sit back and enjoy! Don't forget to read a way to win a free copy!

Welcome to Caffeine & Romance's interview 'room', Today we have Steve Rice with us, the Author of League of Superheroes, Thanks for coming Steve.
Good evening, supheroes and supervillains! I just flew in from Colorado, and boy, is my suit tired!

1. What inspired you to write this story?

I've written some superhero fiction before--I wrote a short story in the eighth grade about some engineers' kids who put together something like a Titan suit--it even had a character named Charlie, though he was very different then. I brought them back in the twelfth grade, only now the story was narrated by a language geek and involved creating a robot that became a kind of superhero. [I go into some of this at http://ansric.blogspot.com/2008/09/league-of-superheroes-opening-day.html ] But a lot of the incidental material arose because I would see some effect misrepresented in fiction. I do try to get the physics right.

The precise circumstances were odd, though: In January 2004, I found myself staying as a guest with some people I knew from a new church. I had moved to Colorado from Alaska in late July 2003 to help my mother, who was moving there. I had no job, no contacts, and no skills appropriate to the area. I did have my computer, and I kept my sanity in part by reading e-books I had stored there.

I'm a seat-of-the-pants writer, but I usually have a really good idea of my main characters and the general direction of the story before I begin. In fact, I usually know the ending scene before I start. In this case, I suddenly had the opening scene and the mysterious girl in the chat room. I knew who and what she was, but that was about it. But I started writing, and I finished the story in a couple weeks. The plot line and characters changed considerably during that time.

2. Who is your favorite character and why?

That's almost impossible to answer. I have to love my characters to write about them, though it doesn't always happen immediately. I didn't care for Tom initially--it wasn't until he did his power dive over the cliff that I truly began to like him. Rod is mostly comic relief, but he is more important to the series than most people would imagine. Charlie leads from behind and keeps things from exploding. Allen is between Charlie and Tom in maturity--and age, for that matter. Clarice was supposed to be a flat nuisance-sibling character, but Tom will eventually say more than once that she was the best superhero in the group. And Uncle and Genie are both tragic figures, trying for salvation, but on their own terms.

3. How have your personal faith and beliefs influenced your story?

There are always echoes of C. S. Lewis in my writing, and _League of Superheroes_ echoes certain points from _The Abolition of Man_, _That Hideous Strength_, and other books. It also reflects my belief in Literary Lifestyle Evangelism: instead of having the characters preach at the reader, they simply live out their faith before the reader. They try to figure out (usually with God's help) what is right, though they aren't perfect. And the really important jobs are accomplished by faith and the power of God, not by even Genie's incredibly advanced technology. That becomes more pronounced in later stories.

4. What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Certain of Tom's quirks were a bit annoying. In particular, he's trying to recapture how he felt and what he thought at the time--he's writing this well after the fact--so there are places where he's nearly lying: he knows better now, but he will state that something was so, even though he will eventually admit otherwise. He misrepresents Rod, for example, I think out of envy and even a little fear. On the other hand, he sometimes comments on matters from a future viewpoint because he can't help it, as when he calls himself a fool for putting down Clarice's prayerful approach to Genie's technology. It's because he still blames himself (I think unreasonably) for almost getting her killed a few stories down the line as a result of his attitude. So fielding Tom's quirks is sometimes hard.

5. What was easiest?

The story itself came easily: I really did just sit down and write it, and there weren't any major blocks along the way. Some of the sequels weren't that easy, but this one flowed.

6. What's next for you?

Assuming this sells reasonably well, the next book is _Genie At Large_, which introduces the series villain and properly sets up the spiritual conflict. I also have some unrelated projects, such as _Galatea_, which I hope to publish through Lulu in the near future.

7. What's your Life Verse?

I usually cite Proverbs 25:2--"It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings." But a better verse for the series would probably be Proverbs 21:30--"There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD." God has a plan for Genie, and he cannot be stopped.
I Love hearing the different verses people quote as their Life Verse

8.What would you like people to take away from your story, after they read it?
I suppose the idea of thinking and living like a Christian rather than just drifting with popular culture (even supposedly Christian popular culture). Don't be a robot; know and follow God.

Well Thanks for Coming! Any CLosing Remarks?
Hello, I must be going!
I cannot stay;
I came to say
I must be going!
I'm glad I came,
But just the same
I must be going...

-Rufus T. Firefly

A Little Blurb about League of Superhero's:
The League of Superheroes

Four teenage boys and one little sister discover someone in a chat room who claims to be a little girl named Genie, but whose scientific knowledge and technology are a few centuries ahead of anyone else.

Who or what is Genie? The most intelligent mortal in history—an integral part of the most powerful force mankind has ever unleashed. And she does not consider herself subject to the laws of God or man.

On a whim, Genie transforms her new friends into the League of Superheroes:

Titan—a walking and flying tank—is Rod Davies, a klutzy, diplomacy-impaired beanpole who is also a certified genius in math and physics;
Darklight—an invisible spy—is the narrator, Tom Reilly, a scientifically inclined polyglot;
Tachyon—able to speed or slow time in his area—is Allen Peters, super-hacker; and
Micromegas—a size-changer—is Charlie Taylor, who hopes someday to be a medical missionary.
And then there are Clarice Peters, Allen’s little sister and perhaps Genie’s best friend, and "Uncle," the mysterious elderly man who was the first to treat Genie like a human being…

But can even superheroes save her (and the world) from her so-called creators—and from Genie herself?
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~Rae Byuel (by.u.el)~

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Kiss the Bride/Cook By Kristy Dykes , Aisha Ford , Vickie McDonough , Carrie Turansky
Four Great Novels, Revolving around: Food,Love, and 1 appron!

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Four young women meet at a restaurant owners conference:Angel from Florida, Monica from Missouri, Haley from Oklahoma, and Allison from New Jersey,and discover they share the same faiths, fears, and hopes, including a lack of a love story in their lives. They vow to keep in touch, pray for one another, and meet again at next years conference. What happens in between is an absolute smorgasbord of changed lives, challenged faiths, new dedications and directions, and romantic twists that turn next years conference reunion plans into reservations for eight.
This is the description that amazon gives the book. Here's a tad more indepth version.
These four women meet at a Restaurant Owner's conference, and Angel finds an appron with the words "Kiss the Cook" on it. And like in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, they dicide to share the appron, they pass it on when something happens to them. As it gets passed around, the Girls each sign their names, along with their Fiances/Husbands, that come along. But when it gets to Allison (her being the last one to have it) Her Fiance crosses out the word cook, and Writes 'Bride'. Its a great combination of stories, and authors.

A Friend of mine loaned it to me...Julianna, visit her Blog, Acceptable In Thy Sight

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I got this book, for a Christmas Present, a couple of years ago. And after I read it, I feel in Love with the Author, Series, and Characters!

Rekindled By Tamera Alexander
334 pages
# 1 in the Fountain Creek Chronicles

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At a Different Time, in a Different place, Under Different Circumstances... Could two people fall in love once AGAIN?


TEN YEARS AGO KATHRYN JENNINGS MADE A VOW. For better or worse. And that promise still holds true, even though her marriage has not turned out as she expected. When her husband fails to return home one stormy winter night, she struggles to keep their ranch, but her efforts are blocked at every turn. After a shocking glimpse inter her husband's past, Kathryn uncovers a hidden truth. What she wouldn't give to turn back time and be able to love her husband for the man that he was, not for the man she had always wanted him to be.

Larson Jennings has spent his entire life running from a broken past, unable to trust, reluctant to try again. One fateful night, his life takes an unexpected twist, and soon he is forced to make a choice. Whatever he chooses, his decision may cost him his life.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
This is one of my favorites in my Personal Library...I got it for Christmas, and its autographed, along w/the sequel...Revealed. It takes place in the 1870's, and Tamera does a great job writing in this era. Kathryn Loves her husband, but because of past events, he isn't trust worthy. So Kathryn is always having to explain herself to Larson, But when Larson goes missing, she finds out that their farm is going under, not to mention she finds out she's pregnant, all without Larson. But when they find a body with Larson's Jacket on him, She thinks her husband is dead.
One Day a man covered in Burns from a fire shows up in town, named Jacob. Jacob finds himself drawn to the pregnant widow...but could she ever love a man that looked like him? Would she ever see past his scares?
When Kathryn Finds herself falling for Jacob, she feels like she is betraying Larson...Will God help her over come this?? Or will she go through the rest of her life as a Single Mother?
Tamera Alexander did a wonderful job writing this story, it keeps your attention and those pages turning!

~Rae Byuel~
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Even Now & Ever After are two very good books by Karen Kingsburry!
Even Now:335 pages & Ever After 324 pages
Even Now Series

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Shane Galanter-a man ready to put down roots after years of searching. But is there a woman from long ago who still has his heart?
Lauren Gibbs-a successful international war correspondent who gave up on happily-ever-after years ago-when it was ripped from her. She's never looked back, but one question still haunts her: Why is Life so Empty?
Emily Anderson-a college freshman raised by her grandparents discovers a love story whose tragic ending came with her birth. Now she is drawn to search for the mother she's never met.

A young woman seeking answers to her heart's deepest questions. A man and woman separated by lies and years of separation...who have never forgotten each other.

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Emily, has been raised by her grandparents, but she still longs to know her parents...so the search is started. Go with Emily as she searches for the two lives that created hers. Lauren, a woman who thinks her baby is dead. Shane, a man who thinks he's love didn't want him anymore. Will they get together in the end? Or will their years of separation keep them apart?
This one is a Tear Jerker...so keep Tissues Handy :)


EVER AFTER's Back Cover:
In this moving sequel to Even Now, Emily Anderson, now twenty, meets the man who changes everything for her: Army reservist Justin Baker. Their tender relationship, founded on a mutual faith in God and nurtured by their trust and love for each other, proves to be a shining inspiration to everyone they know, especially Emily's reunited birth parents.
But Lauren and Shane still struggle to move past their opposing beliefs about war,politics,and faith. When tragedy strikes, can they set aside their opposing views so that love-God's Love- might win, no matter how great the odds?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?
Thought #1- GRAB TISSUES!!!!!!
You know how I said the first one was a tear jerker??? Well this one tops it!! I won't tell you why you need the tissues, but i'm just warning you ahead of time, so you don't end up like me, with out them. This is a wonderful story about Love, and Faith. Karen Writes it so that you are sucked in so deep you don't even realize that your 'just' reading a book. When reading this, I felt like I was Emily, Going through her romance, her heartache, her joy...not to mention her victories on the Soccer field! lol, I promise, if you read this book, you will enjoy it...unless you absolutely HATE to cry...but I still recommen it!
~Rae Byuel~
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Pearl By Lauraine Snelling
349 pages...
#2 in the Dakotah Treasures series


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THE NEWSPAPER AD OFFERED AN ESCAPE FROM HER FATHER"S MATCHMAKING SCHEMES...
Ruby Torvald has turned Dove House, and the scandalous inheritance her father left to her and her sister, into a respectable establishment. Her newest boarder is Pearl Hossfuss, a twenty-two-year-old schoolteacher from Chicago. Hiding scars within and without, Pearl has given up hope that any man would want to marry her. Her father has his own ideas, insisting she marry his clerk, a widower with five children.
So Pearl Flees to Dakotah Territory in response to an ad requestiong a teacher fro the town of Little Missouri. She finds teaching in this rural setting rewarding add interesting-even more so when she makes the acquaintance of an intriguing yound carpenter, Carl Hegland. But just as her future begins to look brighter, news arrives that her father is coming to take her back to Chicago.
When disaster threatens, will these lovely "jewels of the West" be forced to abandon teir dreams?


A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?
Pearl is 22 years old, and has been through a lot in her life time. She lost her Mother, and has gotten severly burned on her neck from boiling water. Her father has Pretty much 'forgotten' her, meaning, he doesn't pay that much attention to her, as he used to in years past. Leaving her to do basicly what she wishes. But one night he decides that she needs a Husband, So he brings home one of his clerks, even though the man is not Violent, he is a bore. They have nothing in common, so Pearl tries everything possible for her father to break off the engagement. But to her father, they made a bond, and a bond is not to be broken. So she does the only thing left to do...she runs away, and heads for Little Missouri for a teaching posistion that was advertised for in the newspaper. Thinking herself ugly, and an old-maid, she doesn't realize love when it comes knocking on the door of her heart. Will she find the love she's always wanted? Or will her scars have her push him away?
Would be a VERY good Christmas Gift!!!
~Rae Byuel~

Purchase now, PEARL for $10.39!!
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OOOPS I forgot Ruth!!!! Yikes!!!
Ruth by Lori Copeland
285 Pages
#5 in the Brides of the West 1872 series

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WANTED:
Women with religious upbringing, high morals, and strong sense of adventure, willing to marry decent, God-fearing men. Applicants may apply by mail. Must allow at least two months for an answer.


Spunky, young Ruth Priggish is on the run from and eighty-year-old suitor. Faced with the prospect of marriage to the persistent old codger, Ruth throws caution to the wind and heads for Wyoming Territory, where freedom and independence await. Her only hope is to seek help from an unwilling protector: Dylan McCall.
U.S. Marshall Dylan McCall is trying desperately to get to Wyoming before winter sets in. But when he finds himself saddle with a stubborn spitfire who won't take no for an answer, his job- and his heart- are at stake.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?
Great Book! One of my favorites out of all 6!
Ruth, Ruth, Ruth...thats what you want to say when you start reading this...or What are you thinking! Is another thought that came to mind as I read this. But in the end, you are so glad she decides to
"throw caution to the wind"
Multiple things happen along the way, that leave Hope in charge of protecting, and not Dylon McCall. When Dylon gets seriously wounded, His only chance is Hope. (the stubborn spitfire...) But while healing his wounds will she also heal the whole in his heart?

I totally forgot that I hadn't Posted about Ruth...oh well, I am now! ;)
~Rae Byuel~

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Ruby by Lauraine Snelling
320 pages
# 1 in the Dakotah Treasures series

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THE LETTER PROMISED A MUCH-NEEDED BEQUEST...
"My dearest daughters,
I must beg your forgiveness for the long time between letters. I am sure you must have thought I passed on from this world, but life here in the West has been a myriad of experiences, and not all of them good. I attempted gold mining, with some small success, and finally parlayed that into a legacy that I can pass on to my two treasures. While I had hoped to be able to send for you before now, the sad news is that I am dying. I have enclosed tickets for the two of you to come and claim you inheritance, and God willing, if you come quickly, I will have a chance to see your sweet faces before I pass on into the next life..."

Ruby Torvald sets out on a daunting journey with her young sister, Opal, to hopefully see their long-lost father once more and claim the promised inheritance. But instead of the treasure they expected, the sisters discover something most shocking.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?
Ruby and Opal work for a family in New York. Ruby is the governess there. But when the letter from her father comes, they must leave right away, for young Opal has never set eyes on her father before. (other than @ birth) But when they reach Little Missouri, in the Dakotah territory, they find something, that even in their wildest dreams they could not have imagined. The Dove House, which is what their father owns, turns out to be a Saloon. And when Ruby's dad dies, she turns things around for the better. But when Opal starts forgetting her manners, will she doubt herself, and start running back to New York? Or will she stick it out on the Frontier?
Then two men come into her life. Captain McHenry, a man she can get along with all the time, and Rand Harrison a man that can make her blood boil at the littlest things. Which one will she end up choosing?

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~Rae Byuel~
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Patience by: Lori Copeland
318 pages
# 6 in the Brides of the West series 1872 (last one!)

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WANTED:
Women with religious upbringing, high morals, and strong sense of adventure, willing to marry decent, God-fearing men. Applicants may apply by mail. Must allow at least two months for an answer.


Patience Smith only intends to wear Lenore's wedding dress for a few minutes, but when a kidnapper snatches Patience away in case of mistaken identity, she finds herself lost in the mountains of Colorado. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she escapes he kidnapper and stumbles onto an abandoned mining dugout and a lonely orphan. Patience has found herself a gold mine! Now if she can just get Denver City sheriff Jay Longer to help, she can mine the gold that will mean a whole new future for Patience and the rest of the mail-order brides.
But Jay has plans of his own, and someone is trying to keep them away from that gold.

Can Patience and Jay work together, escape outlaws, and strike gold? And can they do it all without losing their hearts in the process?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?
Ok, so this is the last one of the Brides of the West series, Let's just say I'm sad to see them go. :(
So there is Patience, and Jay. They have NEVER liked each other. Always fighting or just trying to stay away from each other to avoid it.
You next question...Why was Patience in Lenore's Wedding Dress in the first place? Well, you see Lenore and her Fiance's families have been feuding for a LONG time, but they want to get married in spite of it all. But Lenore's Family has forbidden her to have dress fittings! and Patience is just her Size! (that takes care of Why)
When Patience gets kidnapped, and stumbles across the cabin w/the little boy in it. Her life takes a drastic Change. For the Better. Patience starts taking care of Wilson(little boy in cabin) and when he tells her of the Gold in the mine, Patience will stop at nothing to get it, to help; her, Wilson, and the rest of the mail-order brides. The only thing is...Everyone thinks the Mine is haunted. And Jay is the only person that will help, because he promised not to come back w/out her!
Ok, I can't say anymore with out giving away more of the story...I've done enough of that already..:) But remember when I said this was the last of the Brides of the West series?!?!? Well, technically it is, but they may come back in 'Men Of The Saddle' series!!! I looked up the first book, and I think Mary is in it! I'll start looking for them @ the Library!
~Rae Byuel~

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His Holiday Heart By: Jillian Hart
216 pages
The McKaslin Clan: Series 3 Book 8

Ok My parents picked this up at the store...I had no clue as to how many were in the series, and then I head to Amazon.com... WOW! is all I can say.. If I'm readin this right, i think there are multiple series, 3 to be exact, Not to mention the new Historical Series...which still has McKaslin's in it. the first series has 5 books, the second has 4 books and the third has 8, and the new Historical Series only has 2 for now....

Back Cover:
A MONTANA SCROOGE WITH A SECRET CRUSH
What can make a grumpy "ther-is-no-Santa-Clause" kind of man smile? The sight of quirky Lucy Chapin. Something about the woman creates warm and fuzzy feelings within confirmed bachelor Spence McKaslin. So he'll just have to ignore her. Hard to do, since they're working together on a Christmas program for hospitalized children. THe time with lovely Lucy soon has Spence thining twice about spending his life alone. Because his heart is open to giving and receiving.

The McKaslin Clan: Ensconced in a quaint mountain town overlooking the vast Montana plains, the McKaslins rejoice in the powerful bonds of faith, family...and forever love.

A Penny for My Thoughts?

Great Book!! Even though it's the 8th one in a series! lol :) For those of you that know me, you know that this is a common occurance (me readin a series out of order) Mostly because I love to read, so when I have a book, I have to read it...then go back and get the other ones. Unless it makes no sense to me because I haven't read the one before it...but this is not the case with Jillian Hart. This book could be a Novel, and you wouldn't miss a beat, Unless u just like to hear about the other people in books.
Jillian Shows, how Love and the CHRISTmas spirit, can change a person's outlook on life. Now Spence's Mother, ran out on his father and took the family savings when times got rough. This ruined Spence's intake on a Happily-ever-after. But with the help of his Grandmother, Step Mother, and 6 sisters...He starts running into Lucy more, like at holiday get-togethers. Then they end up in the same group for the Hospitalized Children's group. Lucy isn't sure Spence is the one, she had gone through a near wedding experience before, so she was extra careful now. Can Spence shield his melting heart? Can Lucy take a chance on possibly getting hurt?
You'll have to read the book :)
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~Rae Byuel~
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Hope by Lori Copeland
275 pages
#3 in the Brides of the West Series 1872

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WANTED: Women with religious upbringing, high morals, and a strong sens of adventure, willing to marry decent, God-fearing men. Applicants may apply by mail. Must allow at least two months for an answer.

Mail-order bride Hope Kallahan is not amused when her stagecoach is waylaid by a bunch of bumbling outlaws. The Feisty beauty is puzzled by the oddball in the group- the disarmingly kind Grunt Lawson. She doesn't know that Grunt is really Dan Sullivan, the government agent sent to infiltrate the gange on what was supposed to be his last assignment.
Together, Hope and Dan learn that no matter what happens, God works everything together into a plan that's bigger and better than all their hopes and dreams.

A Penny for my Thoughts?

This one actually takes place about a week before June, but ends after it. (confusing right?) Well this one goes very smoothly until Hope gets kidnapped. But as soon as they stop the Stage, things completely turn around! lol, just thinking about some of the things that Hope does, makes me laugh. The first night at the Outlaws hide out, she stands in the doorway because she refuses to sleep in the pigsty they call a cabin! for like 16 hrs. Talk about stubborn.
The Outlaws all think that she is a politician's daughter, and are hoping to get money out of her 'father'. But Grunt knows that she isn't who they hope she is, because he has seen the politician's daughter before at a dance.
So his cover isn't blown, Dan starts being brutly mean to Hope, but Hope doesn't notice. Will he save Hope by helping her escape or will her let the game continue? I don't know, (ok well actually i do) but you have to find out for yourself.

Rae Byuel

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Waiting for Daybreak, a novel, by: Kathryn Cushman
315 wonderful pages


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TWO WOMEN, HOW FAR WILL THEY GO TO PROTECT THEIR DREAMS FOR TOMORROW?
PAIGE WOODWARD is out of options...so when a dream opportunity arises at a brand-new pharmacy, Paige chooses to keep quiet about her past to ensure she'll land the job. After all, she needs the money to pay for the treatment that can save her mother's life.

CLARISSA RICHARDSON feels alone. She wants desperately to honor the memory of her grandmother by running a successful pharmacy...but that vision comes to a screeching halt when her grandfather hires Paige, the too-perfect new girl who seems to be hiding something.

TODAY SEEMS DARK AND PAINFUL, BUT EVERY TOMORROW BRINGS THE HOPE OF SOMETHING NEW. IF THEY CAN JUST KEEP...
WAITING FOR DAYBREAK

A Penny for my Thoughts?
Ok, I got this book for my birthday a couple of months ago, and at first I thought there wouldn't be any romance or anything (and you know how I like that) but I started to read it, and I just couldn't put it down. I kept turning the pages to see which Girl (Clarissa or Paige) would end up 'winning' in the end. and towards the 6 or so chapter, a couple of guys (eligible) come waltzing into the picture. Both liking Paige, but Clarissa likes Cory, and Paige doesn't! Not to mention Tony, who is so smitten, I kept thinkin of him like how the Owl off of Bambi describes Twitter Patted animals...They're walkin on air, and all of a sudden, they loose their head! That's what Tony did, in like 2 min of seeing Paige.
If you want a page turner, I strongly suggest getting Waiting for Daybreak!!!!!

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~Rae Byuel~
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The Truth Seeker, By Dee Henderson
336 pages
#3 in the O'Malley Series

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WOMEN ARE MISSING...
Amy Ireland disappeared twenty years ago without a trace. For U.S. Marshal Quinn Diamond, it's a case that has never closed. He's still searching- determined to learn the truth.
THEY ARE TURNING UP DEAD...
Lisa O'Malley is a forensic pathologist; mysteries are her domain. She has worked crime scenes in Chicago for years. Examining a sea of evidence, the connections between victims are so faint that they fade into ill-defined wisps as she searches for a pattern.
LISA O'MALLEY IS RUNNING OUT OF TIME...
The threads are pulling Lisa's and Quinn's cases together. And where they intersect there's a killer who will stop at nothing to see his secret remained buried.
AND NOW SHE'S MISSING TOO...
Quinn wanted Lisa's help. He never planned to put her in danger. She didn't expect him to invade her heart... or his God to change her life. And while Lisa understands death and darkness all too well, she's about to discover love and the Resurrection.


A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?


Lisa works in the morgue, Quinn works as a U.S. Marshall. The first mark against Quinn was the fact that she was the 4th O'Malley he had asked out. But just because you don't like the timing they have, doesn't mean you won't fall for them. When Quinn's personal case is running parallel with Lisa's case. Women showing up w/the same MO's (Mode of Operation), Can Lisa stop trying to stay away from Quinn long enough to get his help? Or will that be too long?
Quinn, being older that Lisa, is ready to settle down, but when he asks Lisa out as the fourth O'Malley, he'll soon learn that girls just don't like that. lol. (am I right girls?)
It's a great book. You get used to Lisa's sense of humor towards the middle of the book. And Quinn ends up being like a Prince Charming at the end. The perfect mixture of Romance, Mystery, and Faith!

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~Rae Byuel~
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This month the CFRB group is touring the Book called Leaps of Faith by Various Authors.

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Leaps of Faith contains 15 stories that cover the spectrum of the SF genre, showing the positive relationship between science and religion.

Space Exploration: High Hopes for The Dead,” shows Christian evangelism though faithful example of Luke “High Hopes” Kittery, a member of a band of space explorers for whom every trip is potential suicide. “Quantum Express” examines the soul’s fate when the body is destroyed and reassembled through teleportation. In “God’s Gift,” faith is the key to preventing insanity brought on by a new method of interstellar travel. “Leaps of Faith” highlights the new industry of space search and rescue though the intrepid nuns of Our Lady of the Rescue. In “Confirmation,” harvesters of an exotic space fuel suspect they’re harvesting intelligent life--or perhaps the angels themselves.

Encountering Alien Life: “Lost in the Translation” chronicles a monk’s evangelism to a species for which death results in corporeal rebirth. In “Lost Rythar,” ministers bring the Word of God to long-forgotten human colonies. In “Sometimes We Lie,” a native born being tries to spread an ancient human faith. Fr. Wren wonders if a sentient tree-creature can marry into the Catholic Faith in “The Convert,” while Fr. Travener faces persecution by ministering to sentient androids in “Comprehending It Not.”

Hard SF: An astrophysicist finds the face of God in the stars in “The Smile.” God is a proven fact in “The Faith Equation,” leaving the question of the role of belief. “The Relics of Venice” combines genetic engineering and love to create a miracle.

Time travel: By: In “Tampering with God’s Time,” time travelers find they cannot change the timeline, but are themselves change as they encounter Christ personally, while in “Moses Disposes,” King Solomon deliberately uses time travelers to bring the Bible to future generations in an idiom they can understand.

My Two Cents Worth:
It was a good book, I'm not so into the SF types of books, (as y'all probably know;)
I have to say that it was well written.
Leaps of Faith contains 15 stories exploring space, time and faith. Can an ancient religion bring hope to first-line explorers for whom each trip is potential suicide? What does it mean when a physicist finds God's face in the stars? Is there a "saint gene" and can it be reproduced to create miracles? What happens to your soul when your body is shattered into quantum elements and reassembled on another world? How will the Christian faith transform alien thoughts and traditions?
Read as time travelers seeking to change Biblical history and space travelers harvesting "angels" are brought to faith by their experiences. Experience tender romance and heart-pounding adventure. Laugh at the foibles of man.
A 2002 EPPIE finalist for Best Electronic Anthology, Leaps of Faith promises the best in Christian sci-fi.

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June By Lori Copeland
257 pages
#2 in the Brides of the West Series 1872

Back Cover:

Wanted: Women with religios upbrining, high morals, and a strong sense of adventure, willing to marry decent, God-fearing men. Applicants may apply by mail. Must allow at least 2 months for an answer.

Like her sister befor her June leaves her Michigan home to embrace her future as a mail-order bride: partner and helpmate to a young Washington State pastor. But from the start, nothing works out as June expects. Caught up in her fiance's vision for an elaborate tabernacle that would befit God's glory, she soon learns that not everyone approves of the plan. Most opposed is the hardheaded Parker Sentell, who secretly favors supporting the bedraggled group of orphans in the local orphanage. June's friend Samantha and her aging aunt run the orphanage, and June finds the orphans a natual outlet for her generous muturing spirit. But the two projects seem incompatible, and June finds herself faced with difficult choices-choices that challenge both her faith and her heart.
A lighthearted story that illustrates God's faithfulness even when we don't understand his plan.

My two cents worth:

June arrives in Washington State, to find her fiance sick, and his grouchy best friend. When her fiance dies from the Illness, June finds herself staying on to finish his work. But when she tries to help both the Reverand and the orphanage, the Reverand makes her choose, and she chooses the orphanage. But little does she know that the grouchy Best friend of her would've been husband, has a soft spot for the orphans, the same as she.
Can they set aside their differences? And can they both put aside their pride, and admit they like eachother?
Yet another great book from Ms.Lori Copeland!
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Faith By Lori Copeland
288 pages,
#1 in the Brides of the West Series 1872

Earlier, I did a review on Glory, #4 to this series, well the other day, I bought the rest of the series on Ebay.
Back Cover:
Wanted: Women with religious upbringing, high morals, and a strong sense of adventure, willing to marry decent, God-fearing men. Applicants may apply by mail. Must allow at least 2 months for an answer.

With the matrimonial prospects in her little Michigan town virtually nonexistent, nineteen-year-old Faith- along with her two sisters, Hope and June- answers an ad for mail-order brides. Before she knows it, she's on her way to Deliverance, Texas, determined to make a success of her marriage to wealthy rancher Nicholas Shepherd.
But from the moment she arrives in Deliverance, sparks begin to fly between Faith, a strong-willed tomboy, and her prospective husband- a man with a pretty Strong will of his own! Then there's Liza, Nicholas's mother, who is anything but thrilled that her son has chosen a mail-order bride. After a string of wedding postponements and a slew of interfering people, a union between Nicholas and Faith begins to look less and less likely.
In the meantime Faith and Nicholas are beginning to care for one another-but is their matching stubbornness destine to forever be a barrier between them?

My Two Cents Worth:

Faith and her sisters, have just lost their father, and realize that their ageing aunt can't afford 3 extra mouths to feed. So they answer these ads, but when Faith reaches Texas, it's not all she had hoped.
When the first attempt to get married failed, she thought nothing of it. but after the 2nd or 3rd attempt failed again, Faith begins to doubt if they were supposed to be together. And on top of this her would be mother in law, is still grieving the lose of her husband two years earlier.
When both Faith and Nicholas realize they love each other, can they put aside their pride and accept each other's apologies?

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Where the Wild Rose Blooms By Lori Wick
348 pages
#1 in the Rocky Mountain Memories Series

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In the High Mountains of Colorado, Clayton Taggert dreams of the day he can leave the rough life of a mine surveyor to become a teacher. in the midst of his plans her meets Jackie Fontaine, a newcomer from the East whose strong-willed spirit causes friction from the start.
At first Clay gains more pleasure out of teasing Jackie than wooing her. Just as the spark of love ignites, tragedy strikes, leaving Jackie with a secret so terrible she would rather loose Clay than share it with him. Can anything draw Jackie from her self-imposed exile and open the shutters of her blinded heart?

My two cents worth:
Great book, The whole series is good. even though my favorite Lori Wick book is The Princess, This one is very good.
Clay and Jackie fight for the first part of the book. Neither one realizing that what they are feeling is really love. But when Clay's father gets hurt, and they have to move to the city, Both are bombarded with the feeling that they are losing their other half. While keeping in touch through mail, their love grows more and more.
One day Clay shows up to see if the Jackie he's been writing too was the same one that he once teased. When there, he proposes, and she accepts. But not long after that, a tragedy happens to Jackie. And thinking Clay would no longer love her for it, she breaks all contact with him. thinking she is saving him the disgrace of having her for his wife. But little does she know that true love conquers all!

I highly recommend this book!
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~Rae Byuel~
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I got this Great Bargain on Ebay. Someone told me that you could get a bunch of books really cheap there. So I went searching a couple of days ago, and found 5 books to a series (Bride's of the West Series) I've been trying to finish, for only $15! That's the same price as 1 book from Barnes and Noble! I was so excited. I can't wait till I can go 'shopping' again!
So if you want to get cheap books, go ebay.com! you can get some cool finds!

~Rae Byuel~
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The Guardian by Dee Henderson
275 pages
#2 in the O'Malley Series

Back Cover:
A DECISION IS MADE.
The president has selected the next Supreme Court justice. His choice is controversial, highly political, and about to become very public. For the U.S. Marshals who protect the judges, the situation presents the height of security concerns.
A FEDERAL JUDGE IS MURDERED.
one man decides he can't allow the president's choice to sit on the bench. His ruthless attack is high risk- and successful. The justice is dead. But the killer made one mistake...
THERE IS ONLY ONE WITNESS.
Shari Hanford was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She's seen the killer. He's seen her. And only one of them can live.
ONLY ON MAN CAN HELP HER.
U.S. Marshal Marcus O'Malley thought he knew the risks of the assignment going in. He was wrong. He never expected Shari to invade his heart, nor her faith to change his life. He's been the guardian of the O'Malley family for two decades. Now he's the guardian of a woman being hunted by the best assassin in the world- a woman he'll have to risk everything to protect.

My Thoughts.
Ok this one is just as good as the other two. And if you've read the other two, your just dying to read this one. It has the action, the mystery, and the romance. But does it have the Happy Ending? I know, but if you want to know, you'll have to read it!

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the Negotiator by Dee Henderson
296 Pages
#1 in the O'Malley Series

Back Cover:
FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION...
FBI special agent Dave Richman has spent his life protecting people; failure is not in his vocabulary. He'll figure out a way to protect Kate even if she is determined to make it difficult.
FAILURE MEANS SOMEBODY DIES...
Kate O'Malley's specialty is hostage situations- defusing human time bombs before they go off. She will walk into the middle of a crisis if that's what is necessary to settle a situation. She's learned to let others see what she wants them to see. She's learned to depend on herself. Only herself. People die if she fails.
FAILURE IS WHAT SOMEONE WANTS...
Kate is a target. Someone's been sending her black roses. Maybe the same person who just blew up an airplane...and blamed Kate. Then the investigation brings up the one name Kate hoped never to hear again... and she's face with the shocking evidence that the bomber maybe be someone she knows. Now she has to decide if Dave- and the God he trusts so implicitly - is all he's supposed to be. And Dave is about to discover that loving a hostage negotiator is one thing, but keeping her safe is another matter entirely.


My thoughts.
If you haven't thought of it or figured it out yet, Dave Richman is Sara Walsh(Black)'s Brother from the prequel...cool huh? The Negotiator is an interesting book, Kate and Dave meet during a Bank Hold up. Dave behind a counter, and Kate talking to the man holding the bank up. From this point on, Dave is hooked, it takes a tad longer to convince Kate, that he isn't going anywhere. But when a man starts hanging with your Brothers, look out, he's here to stay! Another one of Dee Henderson's best, Keeps you on the edge of you seat and turning the pages!

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Danger in the Shadows, By Dee Henderson
312 pages,
The Prequel to the O'Malley Series


Back Cover:
The Bureau Owns Her.
under FBI protection, Sara isn't even Sara Walsh anymore. Her name is what they tell her. Her home is where they send her. And she's never there for long.

A Stranger Owns Her.
Though faceless, he haunts Sara's dreams. He's the man who abducted her as a child and continues to stalk her. He's the one who is determined to end their connection-and Sara's life.

But Most of All, Fear Owns Her.
Which makes falling in love with a man as high profile as Adam Black a bad idea. And a dangerous one. For both of them. Sara's world is an unsafe Place for love-and certainly an unsafe place for the children Adam longs for. No one knows that better than Sara, and she can't take the risk...
But if she doesn't, her life will never be her own. Where will she find the courage to name her terror and face her fear?


Sara, as you read from above, was kidnapped as a child and the man still wants her dead. Her brother Dave is the head of her security, and he will stop at nothing when it comes to her safty. One day along comes, famous Football Player, Adam Black, and he can't help but be attracted to Sara. Sara doesn't know if she can be around Adam, and Still not end up in the media.
Adam ends up helping Dave with Sara's safty, But when the kidnapper shows up where they least espects it, can all three of them believe in the God they Love?

Danger in the Shadows, is a great book to start out a series. Dee Henderson is one of my FAVORITE authors. I love the mystery, and the romance that she puts in her books. I also love the way that she keeps you guessing as to who it is trying to get to Sara. Only till the end do you realize who really 'dun it'. This is a great book, that you will not be able to put down till you finish! Trust me!!!

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Glory By Lori Copeland
320 pages
#4 in the Bride's of the West 1872 Series
First three books: Faith, June,& Hope(1-3), Ruth & Patience (5-6)

Ok, To be honest when I was reading this book I didn't know that it was the 4th one in a series, (if you hadn't noticed, this happens to me A LOT) Which is a good thing I guess, I actually thought this one was the 1st. Show's how little I know. LOL
This book, is one of my favorites. Its about a girl named Glory, When she was an infant, she fell off her families wagon heading west. And this Man, named Poppy, Found her and took her into his home. The only thing was, that he didn't teach her to be a woman, he taught her to be a man. But when Poppy dies, Glory decides to head west. On her journey there she meets up with a wagon carrying, 5 mail-order Brides, and one man named, Jackson Lincoln.

Back Cover:
On the run from a no-good scoundrel, Glory reluctantly joins a wagon train of mail-order brides heading for Denver City. But what if her secret endagers them all? And the way the handsome wagon master makes her heart do flip-flops, is just plain befuddling! As if five mail-order brides weren't a big enough handful, now Jackson has a fiercely independent young woman to look after-one who makes his job all the harder by insisting she doesn't need help!Jackson suspects otherwise...and his heart soon insists that this feisty beauty deserves the lion's share of his attention. As Glory's past unfolds, both Jackson and Glory learn important lessons about God's faithfulness-and strength of their growing love.

Doesn't that sound great?!?!?!
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~Rae Byuel~
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Sunrise Song by Cathethrine Palmer
315 pages
Book #4 in the series: Treasures of the Heart


Last weekend My Family and I went to goodwill, and whenever I go there, I head straight for the books. As I'm sure most of you know, its hard to find GOOD books there, since they are all mixed together. So when I find an author that I know, i make sure to grab it.(even if it happens to be a book in the middle of a series I've never read:) And this past weekend Sunrise Song was one of my finds!!!

Back Cover:
Dr. Fiona Thornton is completely content with her isolated life studying elephants in the wilds of Kenya's Rift Valley...Until Rogan McCullough lands his plane at he campsite and disrupts her entire world. Now Fiona has a high-powered business man on her hands and no use for him, his money or his plan to exploit her beloved elephants. But when poachers threaten Fiona's herd, she and Rogan find themselves working together against all odds. As their hearts join together, they each face a terrible choice...


This was a great book, I have to admit that it started off kind of slow, but it started to pick up speed toward the middle. Catherine shows you, Fiona and Rogan's pasts so that you can better understand the present. Fiona, a woman who prefers to be alone without human contact, and Rogan who lives off of his contacts in the buisness world. And with the Poachers, she keeps you guessing as to who is the culprit. Believe me, I thought I them pinned a couple of times, but in the end I was wrong. And may I say, I'm glad I was.
I don't know about the rest of y'all but when I'm reading a good book, the characters come to life, and I feel as though I'm sitting right there with them, weither it be in the middle of the African Desert to beside a pool at some hotel. And that was the case with this book, Catherine made it come to life in my head, which is what I look for in books I read!
So if you wish to go on an African Adventure, Pick up Sunrise Song, Find a comfy chair, and snuggle up with your coffee, because your going on the ride of your life!!!

Great Story Catherine Palmer!!!
~Rae Byuel~
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