LSBBT

Bloggers’ Choice Awards WINNERS! Best Cover & Most Engaged Author! Lone Star Book Blog Tours

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The Lone Star Book Blog Tours team has voted, and the results are in!  From Best Fiction to Most Engaged Author, we have seventeen awards to hand out to the awesome Texas books and authors featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in 2017.

From February 15-23, 2018, please join us as we hop around the LSBBT blogs and share the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted titles. Don’t miss it!
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Badlands by Melissa Lenhardt

The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell [See my review!]

Blood Oath by Melissa Lenhard

0220 Most Engaged Author Image

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Linda Broday

DiAnn Mills

Ben English

Melissa Lenhardt

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AWARDS SCHEDULE:

2/14: Awards Announcement

2/15: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept

2/16: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western

2/17: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series

2/18: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual

2/19: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy / Alternate History

2/20: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author

2/21: Best Texas Book

2/22: Best Non-Fiction Book

2/23: Best Fiction Book

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PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

Best Cover & Most Engaged Author

2/20/2018

Books and Broomsticks
Books in the Garden
Chapter Break Book Blog
Forgotten Winds
Hall Ways Blog
Missus Gonzo
Momma on the Rocks
The Librarian Talks
The Page Unbound
Reading by Moonlight
Rebecca R. Cahill
StoreyBook Reviews
Syd Savvy
Tangled in Text
Texas Book Lover


Come back tomorrow for the next award announcements!

 

LSBBT

Bloggers’ Choice Awards WINNERS! Best Romance, Mystery, & Fantasy! Lone Star Book Blog Tours

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The Lone Star Book Blog Tours team has voted, and the results are in!  From Best Fiction to Most Engaged Author, we have seventeen awards to hand out to the awesome Texas books and authors featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in 2017.

From February 15-23, 2018, please join us as we hop around the LSBBT blogs and share the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted titles. Don’t miss it!

0219 Best Mystery Suspense Image
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The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell [See my review!]

Death in D Minor by Alexia Gordon

Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell

Hidden Sea by Miles Arceneaux

Bombshell by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

0219 Best Romance Image
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Badlands by Melissa Lenhardt

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer [See my review!]

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday

Loving Luther by Allison K. Pittman

Comfort Plans by Kimberly Fish

Cowboy, It’s Cold Outside by Lori Wilde

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz [See my review!]

0219 Best Fantasy Alternate History Image

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Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

One Night in Sixes by Tex Thompson

Bluster’s Last Stand by Preston Lewis

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AWARDS SCHEDULE:

2/14: Awards Announcement

2/15: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept

2/16: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western

2/17: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series

2/18: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual

2/19: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy / Alternate History

2/20: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author

2/21: Best Texas Book

2/22: Best Non-Fiction Book

2/23: Best Fiction Book

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PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

Best Mystery / Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy / Alternate History

2/19/2018

A Page Before Bedtime
Books and Broomsticks
Books in the Garden
Carpe Diem Chronicles
Chapter Break Book Blog
Forgotten Winds
Hall Ways Blog
Missus Gonzo
Momma on the Rocks
The Librarian Talks
Reading by Moonlight
Rebecca R. Cahill
StoreyBook Reviews
Syd Savvy
Tangled in Text
Texas Book Lover

 

Come back tomorrow for the next award announcements!

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LSBBT

Bloggers’ Choice Awards WINNERS! Best Kids & Best Series – Lone Star Book Blog Tours

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The Lone Star Book Blog Tours team has voted, and the results are in!  From Best Fiction to Most Engaged Author, we have seventeen awards to hand out to the awesome Texas books and authors featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in 2017.

From February 15-23, 2018, please join us as we hop around the LSBBT blogs and share the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted titles. Don’t miss it!
0217 Best Kids Image

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Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane

The Eldridge Conspiracy: Sir Kaye the Boy Knight, #4 by Donn Winn

The Secret Room by John Alexander

Hitchin’ Post by Julie Barker

Almost a Minyan by Lori Kline and Susan Simon [See my review!]
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The Sawbones Series by Melissa Lenhardt

The Ladies of Harper Station by Karen Witemeyer [See my reviews: No Other Will Do, Heart on the Line]

Sir Kaye the Boy Knight Series by Donn Winn

The Amber-Autumn Mystery Series by John Alexander

The Montana Rescue Series by Susan May Warren 

The Gethsemane Brown Mystery Series by Alexia Gordon

The FBI Task Force Novels by DiAnn Mills

The Men of Legend Series by Linda Broday

The Bonnie and Clyde Series by Clark Hays & Kathleen McFall
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AWARDS SCHEDULE:

2/14: Awards Announcement

2/15: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept

2/16: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western

2/17: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series

2/18: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual

2/19: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy

2/20: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author

2/21: Best Texas Book

2/22: Best Non-Fiction Book

2/23: Best Fiction Book
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PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

Best Children’s / Juvenile / YA & Best Series

2/17/18

Books and Broomsticks
Books in the Garden
Chapter Break Book Blog
Forgotten Winds
Hall Ways Blog
Missus Gonzo
Momma on the Rocks
The Librarian Talks
Reading by Moonlight
Rebecca R. Cahill, Author
StoreyBook Reviews
Story Schmoozing Book Reviews
Syd Savvy
Tangled in Text
Texas Book Lover

Come back tomorrow for the next award announcements!

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Bloggers’ Choice Awards WINNERS! Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western – Lone Star Book Blog Tours

The Lone Star Book Blog Tours team has voted, and the results are in! From Best Fiction to Most Engaged Author, we have seventeen awards to hand out to the awesome Texas books and authors featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in 2017.

From February 15-23, 2018, please join us as we hop around the LSBBT blogs and share the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted titles. Don’t miss it!

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Understanding Cemetery Symbols by Tui Snider

Yonderings by Ben English

A Witness to History by Janet Neugebauer

Baugh to Brady by Lew Freedman

Equal Opportunity Hero by Phil Price

Of Bulletins and Booze by Bob Horton

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Yonderings by Ben English

The Rebirth of Hope by Sau Le Hudecek

Of Bulletins and Booze by Bob Horton

Bending Angels by Jack Emmett

Equal Opportunity Hero by Phil Price

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Badlands by Melissa Lenhardt

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer [See my review!]

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

To Marry a Texas Outlaw by Linda Broday

Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday

Blood Oath by Melissa Lenhardt

AWARDS SCHEDULE:

2/14: Awards Announcement

2/15: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept

2/16: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western

2/17: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series

2/18: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual

2/19: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy

2/20: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author

2/21: Best Texas Book

2/22: Best Non-Fiction Book

2/23: Best Fiction Book

PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western

2/16/18

A Page Before Bedtime
Book Fidelity
Books and Broomsticks
Books in the Garden
Chapter Break Book Blog
Forgotten Winds
Missus Gonzo
Hall Ways Blog
Momma on the Rocks
The Librarian Talks
The Love of a Bibliophile
The Page Unbound
Reading by Moonlight
StoreyBook Reviews
Syd Savvy
Tangled in Text
Texas Book Lover

Come back tomorrow for the next award announcements!


Book Review · LSBBT

Bloggers’ Choice Awards WINNERS! Best Hook and Most Creative Concept – Lone Star Book Blog Tours

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The Lone Star Book Blog Tours team has voted, and the results are in!  From Best Fiction to Most Engaged Author, we have seventeen awards to hand out to the awesome Texas books and authors featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in 2017.

 

From February 15-23, 2018, please join us as we hop around the LSBBT blogs and share the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted titles. Don’t miss it!

0215 Best Hook Image

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Bonnie & Clyde Resurrection Road by Clark Hays & Kathleen McFall

The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell • [See my review!]

Badlands (Sawbones 3) by Melissa Lenhardt 

Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills 

The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell

Loving Luther by Allison K. Pittman

Before the Rain Falls by Camille DiMaio • [See my review!]

0215 Creative Concept Image

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Bonnie & Clyde Resurrection Road by Clark Hays & Kathleen McFall

Almost a Minyan by Lori S. Kline and Susan Simon • [See my review!]

Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane 

Nowhere Near by Teddy Jones  [See my review!]

The Adventures of Miss Vulpe by Elena Maria Sandovici

Bloodoath / Badlands by Melissa Lenhardt   

The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker   

One Night in Sixes by Tex Thompson

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AWARDS SCHEDULE:

2/14: Awards Announcement

2/15: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept

2/16: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western

2/17: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series

2/18: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual

2/19: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy

2/20: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author

2/21: Best Texas Book

2/22: Best Non-Fiction Book

2/23: Best Fiction Book

PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

2/15/2018

Best Hook and Most Creative Concept

Book Fidelity
Books and Broomsticks
Books in the Garden
Chapter Break Book Blog
Forgotten Winds
Hall Ways Blog
Missus Gonzo
Momma on the Rocks
The Librarian Talks
The Love of a Bibliophile
Rebecca R. Cahill, Author
StoreyBook Reviews
Syd Savvy
Tangled in Text
Texas Book Lover

Come back tomorrow for the next award announcements!

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Blog Tour – Badlands

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BADLANDS

Sawbones, Book 3

by

MELISSA LENHARDT

!!NEW RELEASE!!

Genre: Historical / Western / Action-Adventure / Romance

Publisher: Redhook

Date of Publication: June 27, 2017

Number of Pages: 416 Continue reading “Blog Tour – Badlands”

Book Review

Review – Blood Oath by Melissa Lenhardt

This is the second Laura Elliston novel, and continues to follow “Laura” and Kindle. I received a NetGalley copy, just like I did for Sawbones (review).


Western / Historical Fiction

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Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in this action-packed follow up to Sawbones.
Laura Elliston and William Kindle are on the run — from the Army and from every miscreant in the West eager to claim the $500 bounty for Laura’s capture as their own. But the danger isn’t just from those pursuing them. Laura and Kindle have demons of their own and a past that won’t stay dead. Exhausted, scared, scarred and surrounded by enemies, neither realize the greatest danger is yet to come.

(Goodreads)


* I received a free NetGalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

I think my biggest impression of this book is that it is exhausting. Laura and William are almost constantly running, and I felt like there wasn’t an actual story with a beginning, middle, and end. It was all middle. At the end of the book, their situation seemed no more resolved than the beginning.

I will say that I believe Laura’s character did a bit of growing, a little healing, at least. But I still had a hard time connecting to her character.

2 of 5 stars, I’m not sure I’ll be reading the next installment anytime soon.

Book Review

Review – Sawbones by Melissa Lenhardt

I requested Sawbones from NetGalley because ever since it toured on the Lone Star Book Blog Tour, I’ve wanted to read it. I was surprised there was still an option on NG when the book is already published, but you never know until you try! Look for reviews to the next two books in the series over the next month or so.


Historical Fiction / Western / Romance

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Wrongfully accused of murder, Dr. Catherine Bennett is destined to hang… unless she can disappear.

With the untamed territory of Colorado as her most likely refuge, she packs her physician’s kit and heads West. But even with a new life and name, a female doctor with a bounty on her head can hide for only so long.

Sawbones is the first novel in a gripping historical fiction series. (Goodreads)


*I received a NetGalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

Maybe it’s a personal preference, but first-person POV seems more fitting for a contemporary work rather than a historical one. There wasn’t much connection to the main character Catherine/Laura despite being inside her head.

There were jumps in time/place, especially in the beginning, that at times made it hard to follow.

Catherine’s journey is not an easy one. It is filled with a lot of pain and misfortunes. But she still finds a way. I like that she did not give up, even though at times it seems she’s ready to. I really enjoyed the way the past continued to haunt Catherine through the people around her, showing that no matter how far you go, it’s a small world.

There are a range of secondary characters that prove to be quite interesting, as well.

The views on Native American Indians held by the characters of the book are probably pretty true to the time, but they were very difficult to swallow.

Overall the story was okay, and I’m hoping to see a little more development and complexity from the writing over the course of the next two books.

3 of 5 stars

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves – June 3

Stacking the Shelves

Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the May edition.

Bought

A Space Girl from Earth (The Kyroibi Trilogy Book 1) by Christina McMullen

The Extraction List by Renee N. Meland

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

The Legacy Human (Singularity Series Book 1) by Susan Kaye Quinn

Borrowed

Managed by Kristen Callihan

Sweet Southern Trouble by Michele Summers

Craving by Helen Hardt

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia, audiobook [Review]

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, audiobook

Beastly Bones by Will Ritter

Free-Wrench by Joseph R. Lallo, audiobook

Starflight by Melissa Landers

Won/Gifted/ARC

Before the Rain Falls by Camille Di Maio [Review]

Breakfast in Texas by Terry Anderson [Review]

Blood Oath and Badlands by Melissa Lenhardt

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer