The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder

About the book:

The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder (Harvest House, April 2016)

In 1910 Toronto, while other bachelor girls perfect their domestic skills and find husbands, two friends perfect their sleuthing skills and find a murderer.

Inspired by their fascination with all things Sherlock Holmes, best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem launch a consulting detective business. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city’s underbelly, where the high hopes of those dreaming to make a new life in Canada are met with prejudice and squalor.

While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well be Toronto’s premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever—if they can stay alive long enough to do so.

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About the author:
 
 

Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.

The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder By: Rachel McMillan

Are you a fan of mysteries? Witty banter? And a love of Sherlock and Sherlock-type stories? If so, Rachel McMillan’s debut novel is one you must check out! This historical mystery follows the two main characters, who according to society’s standards should be married and doing things that are more appropriate for ladies and not running their own private investigation agency.

McMillan has an amazing way with words that makes her books captivating and fun. Her cast of characters is diverse, with the two leads being reminiscent of Sherlock and Watson, they are polar opposites who compliment each other and go on quite the adventures through the streets of Toronto.

McMillan is definitely the new author to keep your eye out for!

I received this book complimentary from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

 

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Mermaid Moon By: Colleen Coble

To move forward past a life of shame and confusion, Mallory Davis must go back to Mermaid Point to find out who murdered her father in Colleen Coble’s new book, Mermaid Moon. As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

Celebrate the release of Mermaid Moon with Colleen and a mystery e-reader prize pack giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on February 1st. The winner will be announced February 2nd on the Litfuse blog.

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Coble has always had the ability to weave an amazing tale and if you are looking for a book full of suspense Mermaid Moon is the book for you! You will sink your teeth into Mermaid Moon and not stop until the last page. Coble has created characters with such depth that you will feel like they’re your friends.
Mermaid Moon follows the story of Mallory and after receiving a cryptic message from her dad decides to return to her hometown, only to discover he has died. With many questions she decides to follow the clues left to figure out what his message meant. If you are in search of a good book to read this and the rest of the series should be on the top of your list.

 

I received this book complimentary through the Litfuse Publicity program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe By: Max Lucado | IPAD Giveaway and Blog Tour

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

By: Max Lucado

Review: 

Max Lucado’s latest release is the fiction book Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, and I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this book. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe is not like any other fiction book you have read, it is a creative uplifting story. Most of Lucado’s books are non-fiction and even with the switch of genre Lucado has continued to teach through his writing.

Miracle at the Higher Grounds will show you the power of prayer and how so many things can be at work even when you don’t see them happening around you. In this book you will find that although everyone has questions all of your answers can be found in Christ.

I love this book, you may be thrown off as it starts, but it will pull you in completely.

I received this book complimentary from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

In Max Lucado’s new fiction release, Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, he asks, If you could ask God anything, what would you ask—and how would he answer? When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

Join Max in celebrating the release of his new fiction book by entering his iPad giveaway and RSVPing to his Coffee with Max webcast!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • A copy of Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced March 24th on the Litfuse blog. Then tune in to a special webcast with Max on the evening of March 24th! RSVP here.

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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe (Thomas Nelson, February 2015)

What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would he answer?

Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea’s door, and with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They’ve come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life’s biggest questions.

When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

The Dandelion Field By Kathryn Springer

The Dandelion Field By: Kathryn Springer

I will have to be honest and say that when I read the description I was intrigued but wasn’t still a little hesitant and not sure what I would think of the book. After reading the Dandelion Field I am glad my initial thoughts were proven wrong, Springer has an amazing way with words. This book reads like it is true to life, with main characters dealing with being a single mom, teenagers finding out that they are pregnant, and trust issues in general. The pain and hurt that the characters are going through is heart-wrenching and the depth in which the characters are written is amazing and not seen in as many books. This book is a must read! I can’t wait to read some of the other books written by Springer.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest book review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Get ready for Valentine’s Day with a new story of romance and falling in love in Kathryn Springer’s The Dandelion FieldThe handsome firefighter makes a living “coming to the rescue,” but Gin is used to fighting her own battles. Can a woman who doesn’t believe in happy endings take a chance on a new beginning? 

Celebrate a second chance at love and family with Kathryn by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Dandelion Field

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 15th. Winner will be announced February 16th on the Litfuse blog.

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A Brush with Love By: Rachel Hauck

Ginger doesn’t believe she is beautiful, due to a fire as a child she has been lift with very visible scars which has left her feeling ugly and constantly needing to hide them. Through dealing with her scars and learning that she wasn’t beautiful she decided to help others beautiful, succeeding to the point of touring with a famous country star and than returning home to start her own beauty salon. Than one day the unexpected happens, the boy who broke her heart in high school stops by the salon and will be a part of the wedding party Ginger will be helping with. Tom has returned to town to Pastor a church and change the stigma of his family name in the town.

The only negative of A Brush with Love is that being a novella you finish wanting more of the story. Hauck has crafted a story that is beautiful and full of life. The story is a great quick read and that does not only pull you in but fills you with biblical truth and how Christ sees each of us. Hauck has an amazing way of turning a fiction book that teaches truth and is filled with worship. I highly recommend this book and the Wedding Novella Series.

-Elle

I received this book through the Litfuse Publicity program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

I’m Nobody: the Lost Pages By: Alex Marestaing

Caleb Reed is not your average 13 year old. In fact for years he has not left his house, afraid of the world around him and what could happen, Caleb remains locked inside doing the same thing everyday. Sticking to the routine he has always known, until one day letters begin to appear leading him out into the world where he was afraid to venture, but he is more afraid to not read the note. Caleb is ready to connect with someone and to find a friend.

I’m Nobody: The Lost Pages is a book that you have never seen before, the characters are rich and vibrant and go beyond the surface. The story will keep you guessing and glued to each page as you try to figure out who is sending the notes. This book is an easy read for all ages and will entertain readers of all ages.

When I first received this book I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it, and really wasn’t sold on the idea of reading it but as soon as I started I couldn’t put it down and finished it in one sitting!

I received this book complimentary from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

10% Happier

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in my Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing my Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works – A True Story.

We have all had those moments, where to much was going on in our lives, where the voice in our head drives us crazy with all we have to do, all we’ve decided to worry about and we are never sure when all that is happening will lead us to destruction because it is to much to handle. Dan Harris had just that experience; however, most of us when this breakdown comes does not happen on national television which was the case for Harris. While searching for a way to get a handle on things Dan Harris met with many people until discovering the benefits of meditation.

In 10% Happier, Harris shares with us his journey of breaking down on national television and finding meditation. This book isn’t a self-help book about meditation, it is not there to teach you how, it is more of Harris’s journey to discovering meditation and the benefits he has found that have been brought about. Harris takes time to share what meditation does on a medical side, as well as an emotional and physical side. This is a interesting book and to read about what Harris went through and can help others as they attempt to calm down their lives.

I received this book complimentary from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Dancing with Fireflies By: Denise Hunter

Jade McKinley thought she was prepared to move out on her own, living in the city she would live the life she had dreamed of, but when the unthinkable happens Jade finds herself headed home pregnant and with no where to go. Not sure of how her family will responds she hides the pregnancy and decides to find a husband that would be the father of her child.  When she turns to long time friend Daniel, she sees the potential for a future, simply wanting a reliable husband but not someone she would love. With emotions rising and her due date getting closer Jade must find a way to survive on her own and raise a family.

I absolutely love Denise Hunter’s books and Dancing with Fireflies is at the top of the list! This book is a story of how strong a mothers love can be no matter what the circumstances. The main character goes through many things we can each relate to, from learning to not blame ourselves because of circumstances outside our control and learning to forgive others. This book will keep you glued to the very end.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary through the Litfuse Publicity program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It Had to be You By @Susanmaywarren

It Had to be You by Susan May Warren

Eden Christiansen never expected to be her younger brother, Owen’s, cheerleader. Attending all of his hockey games, being there whenever he needed something. When Owen begins to make some poor decisions Eden turns to Team Captain and Enforcer, Jace Jacobsen, who appears unwilling to help.

I have always loved Susan May Warren’s writing and specifically her Deep Haven books, and although ‘It Had to be You’ takes place in the city for the most part, this may be one of my favorite books! I love the character of Eden, disgruntled with her job and dreaming of more, investing fully in her family and the dreams they have! With both Jace and Eden you see how their characters struggle with the everyday and how they grow and change as the book continues.

Warren’s writing will draw you in and make you believe you are a member of the Christiansen family. For those of you who love a well developed christian romance story with a side of mystery, characters you can relate to, and a book you will not want to put down, this is the book for you!

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Dear Mr. Knightley By: @Katherine_Reay

Many of us understands how it feels to live inside a book, to make friends with the characters and believe they are members of our own lives. That is exactly how 23 year old Sam feels, her life revolves around the writings of Austen to the point that when she becomes nervous in a conversation she thinks of how a character would respond and often responds by quoting that character. 

Sam has been on her own for most of her life, with both parents out of the picture she grew up in the foster care system, and after a few tries on her own and has ended up back at Grace House. This time the offer is her last chance, an anonymous benefactor has offered to cover all of her tuition to attend the Medill School of Journalism, the only catch is she must write to him regularly, the only thing Sam knows about him is that he calls himself Mr. Knightley. Throughout her time at Medill Sam must learn to live in the real world instead of living inside her books and relying on their words to get her through.

Reay has made a beautiful debut novel with Dear Mr. Knightley, Austen fans and book lovers alike will love this witty story and it’s multiple references to literature. At first I was concerned to read a book written completely in letters; however, I was proven wrong and loved the set up of letters which were full of detail and were able to translate the entire story to the point that I did not want the book to end. I cannot wait to see what the future holds in books for Katherine Reay!

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.