Sunday, January 3, 2010

News and Reviews!

I hope your holidays went well. My holidays were nice, but I will be glad to get back into a regular routine. There are several books that I have read and have not had time to write reviews on so now I want to take the opportunity to do so. The first two I am going to review are Christmas stories.

Wild West Christmas by Kathleen Y'Barbo, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin, and Vickie McDonough:

Charlesy Ames can ride, rope, and work the ranch with the best of them. But things don't add up when she finds herself attracted to accountant Horace Miller III, a citified tenderfoot.Will he ever see the gentle woman beneath the the coating of trail dust?

Sharp -- shooting Lucy Ames is thrilled to join Maj. Paulson's Wild West Show. But is she setting her sights too high when she begins falling for budding evangelist Gordon Paulson? Would she be better off aiming for a stable, widowed rancher?

Although horse -- trainer Sarah Ames is stunned when her pa hires the part -- Mexican Carson Romero to take over her job on the ranch, she gradually becomes attracted to the drifter. But when cattle go missing, Carson seems the prime suspect. Has Carson stolen Sarah's heart as well as some prime longhorns?

An expert tracker, the plain Bessie Mae Ames resolves to spend her life taking care of her widowed father. That is until Texas Ranger Josef Mueller rides into town, trailing a wanted man. Will the soon-to-be smitten ranger find both he and his prey sweet on an unsuspecting Bessie Mae?

Will these cowgirls be tamed and live to celebrate Christmas Romance?

My Take: This is a really cute Historical Romance. There are four sisters living on a ranch with their father. Their mother died when they were young so they have always taken a part in the daily workings of the ranch. This seems to be a little off-putting to their suiters. Each daughter's story is written by a different author which makes it fun. This would make a great Christmas gift to give someone who loves Historical Romance or maybe even for yourself. Of course, you don't have to wait until Christmas to read it.

Christmas Peril by Margaret Daley and Debby Giusti:
Christmas bells ring with danger in these suspenseful holiday stories!

Merry Mayhem by Margaret Daley
When single mom Annie Coleman unexpectedly arrives in Christmas, Oklahoma, police chief Caleb Jackson suspects she's hiding secrets. He will be watching her closely. And his protection is just what Annie and her daughter need, as danger has followed them to their new home.

Yule Die by Debby Giusti
It's hardly a happy holiday for medical researcher Callie Evans...until she discovers her ailing patient is her long-lost brother. And he's being watched by undercover police officer Joe Petrecelli. When the trio is abducted by a cadre of bad guys, Joe and Callie will have to fight to keep her brother -- and themselves -- alive.

My take: If you like romantic suspense you are going to love this book. Two of the best suspense writers come together to give you two stories in one book. You cannot go wrong with anything that has the name Margaret Daley or Debby Giusti on it and once again Christmas Peril has proven this to be true. Please do not wait until next Christmas to read this book because you will be missing out on a great read.

Last but not least by any stretch of the imagination:
Scared To Death by Debby Giusti
Something scared Kate's friend to death. Literally!

An unexpected phone call from a frantic, estranged friend sent scientist Kate Murphy to a rural town in Georgia. But neither woman made the meeting. Kate's friend died mysteriously. And Kate herself was trapped in a horrific accident until rescued by Nolan Price, her friends handsome boss. And the widowed single father might know more about secrets and lies that he is telling.

Offered refuge in his house -- which happened to be in the dark woods that so scared her friend -- Kate sought the truth. But what she found would shock her -- and her faith -- to the core.

My take: If it were possible to give more than five stars, that is what I would do for Scared To Death. You've heard the expression a "nail biter" and a "page turner" - well this is exactly what you will get when you read this book. From the very first page when Kate's friend calls the suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. I finished the book in two nights of which I stayed up late reading because I could not put it down. I cannot wait to read more books by Debby. If you have not read any of her books yet and you like suspense please, please take the opportunity to do so!

I hope you have enjoyed these reviews. I'm glad that I was able to catch up on some of the books that I've read lately. The goal of my blog is to promote Christian fiction and Christian fiction authors. I hope that these reviews help do that in some small way. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. As aways:



  1. Thank you for the review of Wild West Christmas. It was a really fun book to write.

  2. I agree with Lena. Thanks, Deborah, for reviewing Wild West Christmas!