New Clash! Get a Load of These Fab New Releases...

    
Summer's just around the corner, which means you, dear reader, need to be thinking about which books you're going to get lost in while lounging at the pool. Today, Clash of the Titles offers you a few excellent suggestions.
     Fresh from the editor's desk, these five new titles are some of our favorites this month. They're hugely diverse. Set in exotic locations such as India and Brazil, and ranging in time period from  the 1800's to present-day, at least once of them is bound to catch your fancy!
    So have a quick virtual browse, then vote on which you think will most likely make it into your beach bag.


How do you start a new life when you don’t know who you are? Lydia doesn't have a clue, but when she discovers the man who identified her in the train wreck has been lying, she must decide whether to listen to her heart, or her head.



Wings of Glass tells the story of Penny Taylor, a young wife who feels trapped in an abusive marriage until two women from two very different worlds help open her eyes to the truth of who she is, what she deserves and lend her a backbone until she can find her own.


Two women, one Indian, one English, flee to the tropical south of India only to be captured and imprisoned by their respective pasts—Eshana by her traditional Hindu uncle for her faith in Christ, the other, Lieutenant Laine Harkness by her former fiancĂ© who crushed her heart years ago. Amid cyclones and epidemics, tigers and tiger cubs, clashing faiths and consequences of war, will the love of the True Master give hope to these searching hearts?



For Ellie O'Brien, finding the perfect partner for other people is easy, but now the townsfolk of Peppin want to return the favor by matching her with Lawson Williams who Ellie deems least likely to court a tomboy with a guilty secret. Lawson doesn't see marriage with anyone in his future, but what if his childhood friend has become the woman who can chase away the clouds of his past?


After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community. Harboring a dirty secret, Widow Eliza Crawford seeks a fresh start and passage on Wallace’s ship, but will dangers from the sea and from man keep them from the peace and love they long for?




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WINDING DOWN THE LAUNCH

Look at my girls...Aren't the gorgeous? I'm a proud mama!!


Terri's launch festivities are just about over. Just a few more blog stops and a few more reviews to share.

It's been a great couple of weeks and just an FYI for all you prize winners. I should have books to mail out to you by May 12th.



REVIEWS

5.0 out of 5 stars Another inspiring story with a lesson., April 24, 2013
By S. Hoover - This review is from: Terri (Women of Valley View) (Kindle Edition) I received this book from www.bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion. Sharon has hit the mark again! I couldn't put it down! She pulls us into the lives of each character. Their struggles may be different yet the same to our own as we have lived life. It causes us to seek to improve our relationship with our Heavenly Father and also reinforces that we never walk alone nor fall too far to be picked back up by His Hands. It also humbles us to realize that we can never truly empathize with others unless we have walked in their shoes and our own trials do just that! I love that it is true to life and filled with scripture to encourage us. I am so looking forward to the next one!










5.0 out of 5 stars I appreciated how this book shows us that even when we can't see, God does., April 22, 2013
By 
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This review is from: Terri (Women of Valley View) (Kindle Edition)
I am not much of a reader and I have never done a book review before so here goes nothing. A book really has to grab my attention first off to keep me engaged. Terri accomplished this without question! I love Terri and how "real" she is. You can really feel her inner struggle and her desire to follow God's will. However, she is human, and as we all do at times, her idea of the way things should go and idea of what she thought she needed, conflicted with what God had in mind. After some pretty harsh reality checks, a few ugly pity parties and a couple of scheming teenagers, Terri see's that what God had for her was way better than what she ever could have imagined. I felt the story flowed well and did a great job of making each character personal. I really felt that I knew these people. I was on edge and feared for Sean and Ella's marriage, when Steve got tough with Sean. I loved that this book showed that although God is a loving God, there are sometimes he uses tough love to get his point across. The love Steve shows Sean by being straight with him was hard and almost cost him his relationship with Terri. Regardless he followed God's leading and his obedience was rewarded. Not only does he get the girl, he gets to be part of the miracle that helps to bring a broken, young, on the run from God's call on his life, Sean, back to Christ. As a result we witness the healing of a broken family. I appreciated how this book shows us that even when we can't see, God does.


5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner!!!, April 21, 2013
By 
Mary Manners, author -This review is from: Terri (Women of Valley View) (Kindle Edition) A resounding 5 Stars!!!

Sharon Srock has done it again with this uplifting story of redemption and Hope. The characters are full of depth and oh-so-real. The manner in which the lives of Terri and Steve are interwoven with younger couple Ellie and Sean is masterfully done. I didn't think that I would be able to like Sean at the outset of the story, but Ms. Srock added such a touch of vulnerability that I found myself cheering for him.

The secondary characters add an appealing and adorable layer to this tale. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!

4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story of love and second chances, April 21, 2013
This review is from: Terri (Women of Valley View) (Kindle Edition)
This was a very enjoyable book. The author did a good job with the interactions between characters. This is not the first book in this series, but it was very easy to read this book without having read the one before it. The author covers the sensitive issue of the foster care system well, highlighting a positive experience in this book while acknowledging some past hurtful experience with the system by one of the characters. The characters were well written and their growing relationship was very believable. I really enjoyed the ending to the story. It was not abrupt. It left me feeling like all the ends of the different situations in the story had been nicely tied up.

NOT A BAD ONE IN THE BUNCH!!

This weeks blog tour stops:

MONDAY:

http://marjilaine.com/     An interview with Steve and a book giveaway

http://www.novelrocket.com/     Interview


TUESDAY:

http://lindaglaz.blogspot.com/    Get to know the quirky side of me, and enter to win a copy of the book.

WEDNESDAY:

http://5020genesis.wordpress.com/author/mafinnegan/     Interview/testimony





***While you're here, Please take a few minutes to visit the tabs at the top of the page. Terri has an interview with Regina JenningsRegina is here to talk about her novel, LOVE IN THE BALANCE.  Be sure to answer the question at the end of the interview. Regina will be doing a giveaway of this book at the end of the week. Karla welcomes Donna Snow to her page for a sneak peak at her upcoming release. Callie has a special devotion prepared for us by Cheri SawlwellPam has a recipe for Snickers Caramel Apple Salad.*** 

COTT SPOTLIGHT LENA NELSON DOOLEY

 

Prolific author Lena Nelson Dooley has done it again! She's released yet another stunning historical romance. The COTT Blog Alliance is honored to feature her latest work, Catherine's Pursuit. It is book three in the McKenna's Daughters series and follows Maggie's Journey and Mary's Blessing.
"A heartwarming tale filled with history, adventure, faith, and love." --Lisa Wingate, bestselling and award-winning author of Dandelion Summer and Firefly Island

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Raised by her father, Catherine McKenna has never lacked for anything, surrounded by people to take
care of her every need. On her eighteenth birthday she discovers that not only did her mother die when she was born, but she has two identical sisters. Although her father vowed not to look for his daughters, Catherine made no such promise. Setting out on her own with one clue and her maid in tow, she's determined to find her sisters.

Collin Elliott has seen better days. After losing his ship to a violent and unexpected storm, he is trying to recover--physically and emotionally. When Angus McKenna sends him to find, follow, and protect his daughter, he wants nothing more than to finish his task and return home. Can he help her find her sisters?

And will the discoveries they make along the way teach them both what's most important in life?

PURCHASE ON:

A Blogger's Review of the Catherine's Pursuit:

What a great book! As Lisa Wingate says on the front cover, it is indeed a “heartwarming tale.” The story is fully satisfying (once you reach the end) and provides a complete conclusion for the McKenna’s Daughters series. While I still haven’t had the chance to read book 2, Mary’s Blessing, I did read and greatly enjoy book 1, Maggie’s Journey – incidentally, I think #1 had my favorite cover…but this one is a close second. They’re all so neat! Anyway, back to Catherine…this book isn’t a stand-alone, but even though I’ve missed book 2, I didn’t have trouble following (though there were a few parts that weren’t clear because I hadn’t read it yet). Moral of the story – read both of the first ones before this one if at all possible. There are some series where you would be totally lost if all you read was book 3, but that’s not quite true here. Catherine was a lovely girl and made for a gutsy heroine. I loved the historical detail that seemed to be worked into each scene throughout the book, especially the travel scenes. This is a fascinating story and one I think you’ll enjoy!
-Charity at http://austenitis.blogspot.com


A bit about Lena:

Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 700,000 books in print.
Helping other authors become published really floats her boat, with over 20 signing their first book contract after her mentoring. Three of her books have been awarded the Carol Award silver pins, and she has received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award. The high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially people whose lives have been changed by her books.

REVIEWS , BLOGS, and more something REALLY SPECIAL

  The launch festivities continue with lots more blogs on the tour and some great reviews.

5.0 out of 5 stars Terri of Valley VIew April 19, 2013




Once again Sharon Srock takes us to the town of Valley View. This time Terri Hayes is the center of attention as she makes decisions that will change her life in ways she never imagined. After deciding she wants to be a foster parent, Terri is given the opportunity before she has time to even think about what she needs to do to prepare. No sooner does she have a little girl to take care of than her plumbing fails and makes a disaster of her home. Steve Evans' offer of the basement apartment in his home is accepted with reluctance, but thankfulness. With strong characters and believable plot twists, Sharon weaves a story of how even differences in opinion and attitude can be stepping stones to a newer understanding. Throw in two scheming daughters who want to see their father Steve and Terri together, and you have a delightful story of how God orchestrates our lives to make music out of disharmony.
 

4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Love Stories Never Go Out of Style April 17, 2013 
By Anne Baxter Campbell
Sharon Srock has produced an inspirational love story. At least that's my ever-so-humble opinion. Take a look and see what you think.

Terri Hays runs a day care center, the most popular day care in Valley View, Oklahoma, at that. So why does she want the hassle of becoming a foster parent?

She's pushing thirty really hard, and she has no children of her own. No husband, and none on the horizon. Although she already has a wedding dress and a guy in mind--if Steve would only change his attitude about not wanting more kids. But he already has three daughters and a granddaughter, products of a failed marriage, and he seems to think raising kids is for young adults.

As a woman who loves children and longs for her own, this seems like a good solution, even knowing the children she'll be helping will only be hers on a temporary basis.

Little did she know (don't you hate that cliche'?) that the day she was approved, one frightened little girl would land in her lap that very night.

That evening Terri goes to a graduation party for her neighbor Steve Evan's daughter at the same time that a threatening, loud argument develops between a young father and mother. The police arrive, take the parents to jail, and take the three-year-old Kelsey to child protective services.

Which would be all right, but the plumbing in Terri's old house chooses that night to burst. It will take weeks to repair the damage. Steve has a downstairs apartment. A God-given solution, if you ask me, because it gives a chance for Steve and Terri to become better acquainted.

Ah, but the path of love runs every way but smooth, and it's beginning to look like Terri's old flame might ace out Steve. 

5.0 out of 5 stars Redeeming love and a sweet romance! April 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This series is set around four friends and their friendship. The first book introduced Callie and the women of Valley View while this book picks up with Terri, a single owner of a day care center and new foster mother, but you'll connect with all the friends again. This author writes multiple characters well, and I was never confused at any point in the book with how many characters were on scene at any given time.

I thoroughly enjoyed the pacing of the story line and the conflicts, including the romance thread. I won't spoil the ending for you, but it caught me unaware, and I love that! This isn't a book to curl up with for one night. As with Callie, Terri's a book that you'll chew and digest over a few readings. Packed with a powerful message of God's redeeming love and His desire to heal fractured relationships, Terri will satisfy romance and women's fiction lovers alike.

4.0 out of 5 stars Well done!, April 14, 2013
This review is from: Terri (Women of Valley View) (Kindle Edition)
Sharon Srock has hit her stride with TERRI the next book in the well-crafted "Women of Valley View" series. Warm and tender with an edge of suspense, TERRI is a novel that will touch your heart and bring a smile. Sharon's characters are extremely well-drawn, mature, and real, and Valley View is a place that calls you home. For anyone who enjoys a clean romance with very likeable characters and a good plot, you are sure to enjoy TERRI. Bravo, Ms. Srock! 
THE BLOG TOUR CONTINUES:
 SATURDAY:

http://marianneevans.com/index.html   Interview and giveaway

http://writing-well.carrie-lewis.com/    Fictional post and giveaway
 http://lillian-duncan.com/author/lillianduncan/
MONDAY:
 http://cuffesisters.com/  Giveaway
http://www.lillymaytree.blogspot.com/  REVIEW
http://maryeellis.wordpress.com/  GIVEAWAY
http://guidedgirls.blogspot.com/ 
TUESDAY:
http://www.gailpallotta.blogspot.com/
WEDNESDAY:
http://www.laura-mcclellan.com/
NOW FOR THE SURPRISE!!

Meet THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: PAM  coming in 2014


Not only did Pam’s first husband, Alan Archer, cheat on her, he subjected her to intense mental and emotional abuse. Her attempted suicide, after he left, is a secret known only to her new husband, Harrison. Four years after the divorce, life is good. She’s been forgiven for the suicide attempt, and her family and business are thriving. With the secrets of the past buried deep, Pam is happy once again, until Alan moves back to town.

Alan Archer is a man on a mission. Diagnosed with terminal heart disease,
he returns to Garfield with two goals. He wants is to spend as much time as possible with his children, and he wants Pam’s forgiveness.

Alan’s return plunges Pam into a depth of despair she never wanted to experience again. Forced to the edge of sanity, Pam must battle the monsters of her past while learning a timeless lesson—indifference and forgiveness are not the same thing. ***UNOFFICIAL, SHARON WROTE IT BLURB***



***While you're here, Please take a few minutes to visit the tabs at the top of the page. Terri has an interview with Dora HiersDora is here to talk about her novel, JOURNEY'S EMBRACE. Be sure to answer the question at the end of the interview. DORA will be doing a giveaway of this book at the end of the week. Karla welcomes NORMANDIE FISCHER AND KATHI MACIAS to their page for a sneak peak at her upcoming releases. Callie has a special devotion prepared for us by Penny McGinnisPam has a recipe for Snickers Caramel Apple Salad.*** 

COTT: A Look At BETRAYAL by Anne Patrick

Today, we're excited to highlight another book by Anne Patrick. Anne first visited Clash of the Titles back in 2011--my, how time flies!


Betrayal
Drew Presley's wife was murdered while he was serving his country in Iraq. Giving up a career he loved, he's returned to Dauphine Island to care for his son and try to make a new life for them. The unsolved murder of his wife continues to plague him. The islanders are very protective of their own and he fears a killer is among them. The more he searches for answers though the more dangerous it becomes. Just as troublesome is his attraction to his son's second-grade teacher.

Trudy Walsh was Nora Presley's best friend so the bond she has with Nora's motherless child is only normal. What troubles Trudy is the growing feelings she has for Reed's father. How can she be so attractive to this man when Jack Diamond is all she's ever thought about?

When Drew begins to suspect Jack of his wife's murder, sparks begin to fly. What secrets lie in Gianni's Cove, and what do they have to do with Nora's murder?

*An Amazon 'Top 100' Bestseller in Christian Suspense!
(Way to go, Anne!)

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Below are a few of the reviews for Betrayal

Amazon and B&N Reviews
"Anne Patrick is a mesmerizing author. I just began reading her books last year and have already read all 14 of her books listed on Amazon Kindle. I love the portrayal of a mystery, love story, and a strong faith based main character. The books are captivating and Betrayal was as good as all of her books." ~ Sharon

"Anne Patrick is a favorite author of mine and Betrayal is a great addition to her Wounded Heroes Series! You'll take a ride on a ferry, tour a lighthouse, eat at a local pizzeria and even scuba dive! I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Dauphine Island and meeting all the locals….I especially liked trying to figure out who was behind everything but you don't really find out until the end. Speaking of the ending, well...you don't want to miss that!" ~ Sherry

"I love Anne Patrick any way. Another fantastic addition to this series. Ties in characters from previous books, really keeps you guessing about "whodunnit?". Has some slow areas throughout the book. Overall, an excellent story written well." ~ Denise

"Well developed characters, seamless plot, a little mystery and some romance, all in a context of growing faith. Well done. Very entertaining." ~ Undivided
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Author Bio:
Anne Patrick is the author of more than a dozen novels of Romance, Mayhem & Faith, including the award winning and bestselling WOUNDED HEROES SERIES, FIRE AND ASH, and TIES THAT BIND. When she isn't working on her next novel she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and traveling to foreign countries to experience new cultures and adventures. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she now makes her home in Kansas.

To learn more about Anne, please visit her website: www.annepatrickbooks.com or blog: www.suspensebyanne.blogspot.com.  She loves to hear from her readers!

LOVE THE WOUNDED

Title: Love the Wounded By Lynn Dove

About the Book:

“Love the Wounded” by Lynn Dove is the final and dramatic conclusion to her brilliant Wounded Trilogy series that has followed the lives of teenagers Jake, Leigh, Mike, Dylan and Tim as they come to terms with a series of tragedies and events that have made each of them question why God allows “bad things to happen to good people”. Leigh does not know who to choose…her heart tells her she will always love Jake, but he has changed so much since the death of their friend, Ronnie, and with his mother going through breast cancer, he has totally closed himself off from her emotionally. Now she is dating Dylan and try as she might to accept him for who he is, she can’t stop thinking about Jake! Dylan has never gotten over the loss of his father and little sister, killed by a drunk driver when he was just a young boy. After a horrific accident that has put both Tim and his little brother, Evan in the hospital, everyone knows that not only is he being bullied at school; he cuts himself to cope with it all. But meeting Cassidy has given him the courage to stand up to the bullies and at the same time give her what she so desperately needs…a life-giving bone marrow transplant. Jake’s mother keeps telling him that “God works all things out for good” but with all the things going on in his life and with his friends, he’s just not sure anymore. It is only after Mike is paralyzed in a car accident that Jake was partially responsible for that all the families and friends will be brought back together, not by coincidence, but by God’s design and then Jake will finally believe that God truly does “Love the Wounded”. “A life of working with youth has inspired Lynn Dove, a Cochrane mother to turn her experiences into a book trilogy…(the Wounded Trilogy) series that parallels the struggles of students…(and) covers the angst of some of the real serious issues that teenagers face today, particularly with bullying and gossip. ” -Rocky View Weekly-
Lynn Dove Img011 - Copy - CopyLynn Dove calls herself a Christ-follower, a wife, a mom, a grandmother, a teacher and a writer (in that order). She is the author of award winning books: The Wounded Trilogy. Her blog, Journey Thoughts won a Canadian Christian Writing Award - 2011. She has also had essays published in "Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith" and "Chicken Soup for the Soul - Parenthood" (March 2013). Readers may connect with Lynn on Facebook, Twitter and on her blogs: Journey Thoughts and Word Salt or on her website: www.shootthewounded.org Follow Lynn Dove Website | Facebook | Twitter

Enter to Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Enter below to enter a $50 amazon gift card, sponsored by author Lynn Dove! a Rafflecopter giveaway This book blast is hosted by Crossreads. We would like to send out a special THANK YOU to all of the CrossReads book blast bloggers!

Happy Birthday TERRI



Well, she's here, at least in part. The Women of Valley View: Terri is currently available in E reader format and can be found here:

Amazon:   http://tinyurl.com/d9kwdcc

Barnes and Noblehttp://tinyurl.com/cud7xb6

Pelican book group:  http://tinyurl.com/cd5zqar

The print version will  be available mid May from the same websites.
PARTY!!!

If you missed last night's face book party, you missed a wild time. I'm not sure what I expected from a facebook party, but I got a serious education. It was a blast. Visitors and comments came so fast, I didn't move from this chair for 3 hours.  We will be doing that again.

BLOG CONTEST WINNERS:

For the last several weeks I've given you guys the opportunity to read Terri's first chapter and comment to enter a contest to win a copy of the book. The winners are listed below. PLEASE keep the print delay in mind. I won't forget to send your books in May.


Diana Montgomery 
Veronica Sternberg
Sarah Richmond
Janet K Brown 
Maxie Anderson 

THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: TERRI  BLOG TOUR:

The blog tour is officially under way with lots of stops over the next 3 weeks.

There are interviews, excerpts, posts by yours truly, and some prizes. Here are the stops for this week. I'd love it if you took the time to visit.
http://marianmerritt.blogspot.com/
A post on how my single character evolved into a whole community

http://www.eileen-rife.blogspot.com/
A post on learning with out being aware that you are being taught. There's a giveaway here.

http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com/
Book info and story excerpt.

http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/
Book info and excerpt, also a giveaway

MONDAY:

http://sherriwilsonjohnson.com/blog/
Post and a giveaway

http://www.christinelindsay.org/
A post about waiting

TUESDAY:

http://johnniedonley.com/
A post about vacations

booksbyjoicopeland.blogspot.com/   Post about spring
WEDNESDAY:
http://www.pensonaworldmap.com/
http://dorahiers.blogspot.com/    REVIEW
http://amberstockton.com/   Post on writing fiction
THURSDAY:
http://www.johuddleston.com/       Interview and giveaway
http://www.inkwellinspirations.com/
SATURDAY:
http://marianneevans.com/index.html   Interview and giveaway
http://writing-well.carrie-lewis.com/    Fictional post and giveaway

***While you're here, Please take a few minutes to visit the tabs at the top of the page. Terri has an interview with Diana BrandmeyerDiana is here to talk about her novel, A MIND OF HER OWN. Be sure to answer the question at the end of the interview. Diana will be doing a giveaway of this book at the end of the week. Karla welcomes Carrie Fancett Pagel & Kathleen Maher to their page for a sneak peak at her upcoming releases. Callie has a special devotion prepared for us by Penny McGinnisPam has a recipe for No Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake.***