Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway: Love's Rescue by Linda Shenton Matchett

Book: Love’s Rescue  
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett  
Genre: Historic Romance  
Release Date: February 14, 2019

A prostitute, a spy, and the liberation of Paris.
Sold by her parents to settle a debt, Rolande Bisset is forced into prostitution. Years later, shunned by her family and most of society, it’s the only way she knows how to subsist. When the Germans overrun Paris, she decides she’s had enough of evil men controlling her life and uses her wiles to obtain information for the Allied forces. Branded a collaborator, her life hangs in the balance. Then an American spy stumbles onto her doorstep. Is redemption within her grasp?
Simon Harlow is one of an elite corps of American soldiers. Regularly chosen for dangerous covert missions, he is tasked with infiltrating Paris to ascertain the Axis’s defenses. Nearly caught by German forces moments after arriving, he owes his life to the beautiful prostitute who claims she’s been waiting for the Allies to arrive. Her lifestyle goes against everything he believes in, but will she steal his heart during his quest to liberate her city?
Inspired by the biblical story of Rahab, Love’s Rescue is a tale of faith and hope during one of history’s darkest periods.

I LOVE Historical Fiction and I also really enjoy Biblical stories. The Author, Linda Shenton Matchett, does a WONDERFUL job at intertwing the genres in this book.

The Biblical account of Rahab is the base of this book. The Author turns that into a WWII and Nazi historical fiction story. The 2 main characters, Simon and Rolande face many challenges, but are strong throughout the book and overcome. Their faith in God is where they get their strength.

The things I really like about this book: The Historical accuracy of the book makes you feel like you are getting a history lesson in the book. The Biblical aspect and the characters strong Faith. The storyline is one that takes you to the time of the events and seems like real time.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys History, Biblical stories and romance as it has all 3 genres! GREAT BOOK!!

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 Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star Spangled Banner fame) and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

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Dear Reader: Love’s Rescue is a modern retelling of the biblical book of Rahab. I set the story in Paris during the last weeks of the German occupation of France during WWII. While researching the book, I read numerous memoirs and interviews of folks who lived through the occupation. Two aspects discussed time and time again were rationing and the difficulty in getting food. People with any amount of land at all planted produce to supplement the meager supply in the shops. If they were fortunate and an egg was available, it would be fried to a runny consistency and poured over the top of the dish.  

Here is a simple recipe for Ratatouille:

  • 1 whole white onion 
  • 1 large eggplant 
  •  large zucchini 
  •  1 bell pepper 
  •  2 medium tomatoes 
  •  2 large cloves garlic 
  •  2 sprigs thyme 
  •  2 T Olive oil 
  •  Salt & Pepper    

  • Peel garlic cloves. Smash with end of knife, then cut into a small dice.
  • Cut onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes into a medium dice.
  • Chop the eggplant and zucchini into 1” cubes.
  • In a large saucepan or pot, warm olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Warm over low heat. Add the onion to the pot and cook until tender – about five minutes.
  • Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.
  • Add remaining vegetables to the pot.
  • Add a generous pinch of salt and a light pinch of pepper.
  • Add the thyme.
  • Cover the saucepan or pot with a lid and cook over medium-low heat for approximately 40 minutes, until all the vegetables are tender and there is little liquid in the pot.
  • Serve on your favorite platter.
  Bon App├ętit!  

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To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize of a French/WWII themed gift basket that includes a WWII Word Find book by Linda Shenton Matchett, Love’s Rescue – Wartime Brides Book 2 by Linda Shenton Matchett, French-milled soap lavender scent, a Fleur-de-lis ribbon book mark, a set of three note pads with French motif, and a set of cocktail napkins with French motif!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

JustRead Tours: RES-Q Tyler Stop by June McCrary Jacobs Blog Tour and Giveaway


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for RES-Q Tyler Stop by June McCrary Jacobs with JustRead Publicity Tours!

Title: RES-Q Tyler Stop  
Series: Tyler Stop, Book 1  
Author: June McCrary Jacobs  
Publisher: JMJ Story Stitcher Books  
Release Date: April 22, 2019  
Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction

It's the summer of 1968 in Sonoma County, California, and eleven-year-old Weston Gregg and his nine-year-old sister, Wendy, are looking for fun things to do during their summer break from school. When they discover some abandoned rabbits, they hatch an idea to make a positive difference for animals and people in their small town of Tyler Stop.

They decide to form 'Rescue Each Species-Quickly', or RES-Q Tyler Stop.

There are challenges to face as they move forward into their new venture, including standing up to someone who is targeting Weston's friends for being different and a painfully bad decision.

Will Weston have to handle these issues on his own or will he learn to accept the advice and wisdom shared by some important people in his life? Join Weston and his family and friends as they share some adventures and learn and grow together in RES-Q Tyler Stop.


"Adventure has no end in this tale, where a heart for animals inspires and surprises await around every bend. . . . The characters and the situations they face come across realistic, and the scenes develop naturally. Not only does the author keep a nice paced plot rolling along but adds interesting and practical information about animals and ways to handle certain situations along the way. It makes for a fun mix of fiction and fact.

This appears to be the first book in the series, and I’m eager to see where the RES-Q Tyler Stop adventures will head to next." ~ Tonja Drecker, Author of Music Boxes

I was intrigued by the synopsis of the book when I first read it. We are an animal loving home and if it was up to my boys, they would rescue every one they see. The setting of the book is 1968.

The main characters of the book, 2 siblings named Weston and Wendy, happen into "Pet Rescuing" sort of by accident. They find a few bunnies left at the County Fair. They were able to hunt down the owners after a few days. The bunnies gone the siblings realize how wonderful it was taking care of the animals and how many more are in need of rescue.

Weston and Wendy begin their RES-Q and along the way there a few blunders, but they realize how wonderful of an adventure it is also! The book is about kids and responsibility, love of animals, lessons learned. The book also has a bit of real history intertwined in the book with the information of Pomo Indians. The book is wonderfully written and one that kept my attention from beginning to end. It is geared toward the Middle School kids ages 8-12 and very appropriate for them.

RES-Q Tyler Stop is the first book by June McCrary Jacobs and is book 1 in this series! WONDERFUL book from a First time Author!

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

 'RES-Q Tyler Stop' is June McCrary Jacobs's first middle-grade book. June is a retired elementary school teacher and literacy mentor who is fond of California history and children's literature. She especially loves to write, read, and blog about middle-grade fiction and non-fiction on her 'Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic' blog.

In addition to writing inspirational romance books and stories for adults {A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom, 2013; Robin's Reward, 2015; Handmade Hearts, 2019}, June's original sewing, quilting, and stitchery designs have been published in over one hundred books, magazines, and on sewing industry blogs in the past decade.

When she's not writing, reading, blogging, or sewing, June enjoys cooking, walking, visiting art and history museums, and touring historic homes and gardens.

One of her most memorable and thrilling childhood adventures was her ride in the Goodyear blimp as it floated over Long Beach, California. She can still remember the people on the beach waving to her as she zoomed past them.


CONNECT WITH JUNE: Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Goodreads Blog | Amazon


(1) winner will win
  • $20 Amazon gift card (US/International)
  • Signed Paperback Copy of RES-Q Tyler Stop (US only) or Digital Copy (International)
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight April 22, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm April 29, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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