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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!


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Blog Tour — Palo Duro

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PALO DURO

by

MAX L. KNIGHT

Genre: Historical Fiction / Western

Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.

Date of Publication: September 2, 2017

Number of Pages: 226

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Blog Tour & Review – Heart on the Line

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HEART ON THE LINE

Ladies of Harper’s Station #2

by

Karen Witemeyer

Genre: Christian / Historical / Frontier Romance

Publisher: Bethany House

Date of Publication: June 6, 2017

Number of Pages: 336

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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.

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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

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Blog Tour – The Heart of a Texas Cowboy

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THE HEART OF A

TEXAS COWBOY

Men of Legend, Book 2

by

LINDA BRODAY

Genre: Western / Historical / Romance

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Date of Publication: May 2, 2017

Number of Pages: 384

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