Still Life, by Dani Pettrey

Hi! Susan with my latest book review:

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I received this book from a blog program I sometimes review books for. The author, Dani Pettry, crafts a compelling group of characters, a complex storyline, intriguing Baltimore setting, and a very satisfying journey to a thrilling ending.

A shocking, layered mystery must be solved before the hero can be cleared, or to see if he really was the killer…I am not going to say here, because that would give too much away. The storyworld was a real escape with the fascinating careers of several characters providing much information — for example, I learned some about art photography, some about medical school, and the FBI’s art theft department.

My own debut novel “A Match for Melissa” will be released in March, 2017! I’ll be blogging more about it here, sometime soon.

Rescue Me, by Susan May Warren

Susan Karsten here, with my latest review.

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I’m always up for checking out the latest from Susan May Warren. Her books are well written and enjoyable. Imagine my delight when I discovered Rescue Me…I absolutely love novels with survival plot lines, and this one’s a humdinger.

Okay let’s start, though, with the storyline where two sisters “love” the same man!! This means fireworks. One sister’s got him, the other wants him. Who will win out? Throw in a bunch more interesting conflict and action, including a death-defying adventure in Glacier National Park (loved learning about that place!), and the reader will walk away satisfied by this novel.

Redeeming Grace, by Jill Eileen Smith

My latest book review:

102_7606-1The latest of twelve biblical fiction novels by this author, she certainly has a way of bringing Bible days to life. In fact, her creative characters practically jump off the page, they are so real.

In Redeeming Grace, we join Naomi who is a practicing midwife, before she leaves Israel for Canaan. She is quite a notable woman in the community and one of the first reasons to keep reading is to learn why she left the promised land.

The story keeps Naomi in focus, but in due time turns to Ruth, her daughter-in-law. For Bible fiction fans, this is a winner!

Please leave a comment: Do you like/read biblical fiction? What have been your favorite titles?

Watch for my own debut novel to come out next month!

An Interview with Danele Rotharmel, Author of the Time Counselor Chronicles Series

Author Danele Rotharmel has kindly agreed to grace my blog with her presence. Danele is a lovely person with a fascinating life story and a worthwhile blog of her own, dragonflydanele.

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Let’s hop right into my interview

Danele, who are a few of your favorite authors?

Susan, first let me thank you for having me on your blog! It’s such an honor being here! Now to the question. It would almost be easier to tell you who aren’t my favorite authors! I’ve been addicted to books since before kindergarten. Whenever I have a moment, I bury my nose in a story. I don’t  read just one book at a time—I have several going at once. I’m a huge fan of L.M. Montgomery, J.R.R. Tolkien, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and C.S. Lewis.

And as far as my current day favorite authors, Jerry Ireland, and I’m currently reading his Embracing the Baobab. Reverend Ireland is a missionary to Africa, and each chapter of his book contains a short story of true events. Several of the stories are incredibly funny. I always try to include a touch of humor in my books, and I love how successfully Reverend Ireland has made me laugh.

A new author that I’ve just discovered is Marissa Meyer. I’m currently reading her book Cinder. I’ve always loved fairy tales, and this sci-fi fairy tale merges Cinderella with cyborgs from the future. I enjoy Meyer’s ability to make unbelievable cyborgs seem totally possible, and I try to do the same thing with time travel. I want my readers to feel that TEMCO is not only plausible but actually a logical projection of a future organization. I haven’t read many of Marissa Meyer’s books, so I’m not sure if they are all clean and good, but I am enjoying Cinder.

Next, since Danele writes time travel mysteries, I asked her for her dream time travel trip to a bygone era:

Rather than time traveling into the past, I think I would rather travel into the future. There are so many things that I would love to find out! For instance, when will the cure for cancer be available? Will there be a colony on Mars? Will recreational trips to the moon be possible and affordable? Will we trade in our cars for hovercrafts? I would love to walk through a temporal portal and satisfy my curiosity!

Danele, what are your hobbies, besides writing?

I love gardening, baking, hiking, crocheting, scrapbooking, and organizing cupboards. Yes, I know that last hobby sounds strange, but I get such a KICK out of organizing my junk drawer. There’s something incredibly satisfying about bring order to chaos. And if you want to know how SERIOUSLY weird I am—I also enjoy folding the laundry—especially if the clothes are warm from the dryer.

 

As a child, Danele, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a child, I always wanted to be an author. I can remember making “books” in elementary school out of loose paper stapled together. I always desired to hold a book I had written in my hand. Later, I also dreamed of being a missionary. Although my illness and quarantine made me unable to travel to the nations, God has allowed me to reach many people through my blog. Currently, https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/

is being read in over 90 countries! I love being able to share the spiritual lessons I’ve learned. If there’s one message that I could send the world it would be that God is amazing, God is trustworthy even during tragedy, and there is always hope.

What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal varies depending on my mood. When I’m celebrating, I love eating lobster or Chinese food. When I’m sick, I make a batch of chicken soup (or just open a can). When I’m cold, I reach for clam chowder. When I want to pamper myself, I make a pizza—heavy on the pepperoni and banana peppers. And when I just want a special treat, I eat Mexican food—and LOTS of chips and salsa. I also love cookies, chocolate-covered cherries, potato chips, peach salsa, sizzling French fries, caramel corn, and hot-fudge sundaes.

Wow, Danele, you are a fun and interesting interviewee! Thanks for being here.

 

 To whet your appetite for Danele’s latest book, here’s Time Search’s Back Cover Blurb:

A nameless evil lurks in the shadows…

In the wake of a recent wave of violence, TEMCO employees are left reeling. While some of the staff are put into hiding, others are left behind to discover the true identity of the mysterious nemesis who is determined to destroy them all. While Crystal, Marc, and Zeke search for clues to unravel the mystery of his real name, their enemy is lurking in the shadows searching for TEMCO’s missing leaders. It’s a race against the clock! And as the hours and seconds tick away, it’s anyone’s guess whose search will be completed first. It’s a classic battle of good versus evil, and the stakes couldn’t be higher!

Author Bio:

Danele Rotharmel’s life took an unexpected turn when a mysterious illness brought her close to death. Eventually, she learned that a carbon monoxide leak from a faulty furnace was poisoning her. This poisoning triggered Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, causing her to be put in quarantine. For seven years, she could only talk to friends and extended family through a windowpane. During this time, she wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles.  Although her journey back to health was difficult, it provided her the opportunity to grow closer to God and write her books. For that, she’s forever thankful. To learn more about Danele, visit her blog:  https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/

Social Media Links:

Danele’s Blog: https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/

Danele’s Testimony: https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/welcome/

Danele’s Books: https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/my-books/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14782632.Danele_J_Rotharmel

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danele.rotharmel

ACFW Fiction Finder: http://www.fictionfinder.com/author/detail/1331

Time Search’s Purchasing Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY7RGFJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484259046&sr=8-1&keywords=danele+rotharmel+time+search

Time Search’s 20-Stop Blog Tour: https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/time-search-book-launch-20-stop-blog-tour/

Time Search, by Danele Rotharmel

Review by: Susan Karsten

Time Search, the third book in the Time Counselor Chronicles, is a much-anticipated addition to what is stacking up to be a rousing, excellent adventure series.

Beginning with some beloved characters from the first two books appearing in the new, third volume of the Chronicles, the story quickly ramps up with some seriously page-turning events.

Let me interject here, that having gotten to know the author, Danele, I was blown away by the way she writes such gut-wrenching drama. She is a lovely ladylike person, and even though she writes extremely dramatic and violent scenes when necessary, she also infuses her books with likable characters, light, and good humor.

We meet her villain early on in the story. Drake is keenly drawn, and quite scary. The author intersperses scenes of his misdeeds, with other scenes featuring the team trying to solve his crime spree. The stakes are high, and reading this novel is a thrill-ride.

I recommend this book, especially for fans of suspense, and time travel fiction.

Bravo, Danele! Book three is even better than the first two, and that says a lot.

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Shortened Amazon Paperback Link: https://www.amazon.com/Time-Search-Counselor-Chronicles/dp/1542527007

 

 

 

 

An Uncommon Courtship, by Kristi Ann Hunter ~ my latest book review

102_7484The premise of Hunter’s new book is quite original. In the Regency genre, close to 100% of the plots have a marriage at the end of the book. In An Uncommon Courtship, the wedding comes first.

About the only typical Regency plot device found is the compromising of the heroine, and actions taken to prevent her from having a ruined reputation ~ namely, the man who compromised her must do the honorable thing and marry her.

Beyond that, the novel is wildly unique. The not-ready-for-marriage hero miserably bumbles his early days of marriage. The heroine is a fish out of water once her groom sweeps her off to London.

The strength of An Uncommon Courtship lies in the portrayals of the inner lives of the two main characters — both hero and heroine. Hunter gives the reader a deep look into the characters’ motivations, fears, thoughts, and conflicts.

Solving their marital weaknesses provides for a provocative, and sometimes funny, reading experience.

I received the book through a review program that I occasionally blog for. Kristi Ann Hunter was a member of the group blog, Regency Reflections (now folded and archived somewhere in cyberspace) that I was a part of. I have learned from Kristi, and I am happy to assist her publishing career by informing you all about her book.

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Hi, I am the author of this blog, Susan Karsten, and my debut novel, A Match for Melissa,  is coming out in March, 2017. Be sure to check it out!

My first t-shirt Quilt

Hi, Susan here! My first ever T-shirt quilt. Made for my older daughter. She really likes it for its heaviness, warmth, and the fact that her t-shirts are no longer sitting in a bag in her closet. Each shirt represents an accomplishment, event, or trip.

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