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If you haven’t discovered the Discarded Heroes series yet, then you are in for a real treat.
In this 4th installment of the series things have really blown up–literally. Nightshades headquarters have been breached and destroyed. Griffin (Legend) is set up to be charged with murder and now sits in a federal maximum security prison. With the team all put out of commission and separated to the corners of the globe Nightshade, usually the rescuer, finds itself in dire need of rescue.
Enter Kazi Faron. This young assassin has been tasked with the job of breaking Griffin out and working with him to rescue the rest of the team while finding out who is trying to destroy them. But Kazi has her work cut out for her. Used to working alone and trusting no one but herself, Kazi must learn to put away her fear of betrayal and trust Griffin long enough to finish the job.
As love begins to stir in the hearts of Kazi and Griffin, they race around the globe trying to put the pieces together. Are they one step ahead of the traitor, or one step behind? Are they prepared for the surprise that awaits them at the end of their journey? Is this the end for the Nightshade team we have grown to love?
As with all the books in this series, Firethorn is an absolutely magnificent story. I must say that this is my favorite modern book series. Although this seems to be the last book in the series I hope we will see these characters again. They have become good friends.
One of the themes throughout these books is the difficulty soldiers face with trying to reintegrate themselves into “normal” life. War takes it’s toll on all it touches, and on none more-so than the soldiers who face it’s atrocities for months on end. This book and the whole series gives us a glimpse into the lives of Hero’s who are wounded from within, and their struggle to redefine their life.
5 stars (of course) and 5+ stars for the series as a whole
Upon picking up a copy of a lasting impression by Tamera Alexander I was immediately impressed by the intensely beautiful cover work. Turning the cover over and reading the back, I was equally intrigued and eager to begin reading.
A Lasting Impression brings us into the life of Claire Laurent, a talented artist who’s father has forced her to be a copyist–a forger of master artists. More than anything Claire dreams of painting her own masterpieces, but her father forbids her from following her dream. Over and over he tells her that she has no talent of her own, and that this life is the best she can hope for.
When Claire is forced to flee New Orleans after her father is robbed and wounded, she ends up in Nashville, and her path collides with attorney Sutton Monroe. She considers him a godsend for not turning her in to the authorities when he finds her just waking up from spending the night sleeping on a church pew. But after he later refuses to come to her aid, Claire fears she’s sorely misjudged the man.
A year after the war between the states has ended, Nashville is still reeling from the impact of the war. When opportunity befalls Claire to become personal liaison to Mrs. Adelicia Acklen, one of the only Nashville citizens to make it through the war relatively better off than she entered it, Claire believes her dreams may one day come true. Adelicia is an art enthusiast and collector of highest regard. She even hosts an art auction that includes place for new artists to showcase their work each year. If only Claire can find time to create a worthy painting and enter it without the truth of her past coming to light.
When Claire finds a forgery among the master paintings to be sold she faces her worst nightmare. Does she let the painting go unnoticed, or will she risk losing the love and friendship she has found to admit that the painting is a forgery–and that she knows because she’s the one who painted it.
A sweeping love story about a nation mending after war, the redemption of those wounded, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves–and each other–for who they really are, A Lasting Impression is a one of a kind read and fully worthy of 5 stars.
Tamera Alexander is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don’t forget Jack, their precious–and precocious–silky terrier.
For more information about Tamera please visit www.tameraalexander.com
Enter to win one of Tamera’s fabulous prizes and RSVP for Facebook Party on 11/15!
Kindle Fire Giveaway and Facebook Party from Tamera Alexander!
While Tamera and her book, A Lasting Impression, are traveling across the country virtually
(with a few international stops as well!), she will be hosting a Kindle
Fire Giveaway (11/4 – 11/15) and preparing for a lavish Southern-Style Facebook Party (11/15) (dripping
with hospitality, of course). She will be giving away Southern Food
Baskets, books, and an array of other fabulous freebies! Don’t miss a
minute of the fun. Swoon!
One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on November 15th. Winner will be announced at A Lasting Impression Facebook Party on the 15th. Tamera will be wrapping up the A Lasting Impression celebration
with an author chat and giving away Southern Food Baskets (Loveless
Cafe Food Baskets, books, Amazon & Starbucks gift certificates, and
copies of Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate cookbook), six gift certificates to Starbucks and Amazon.com, and copies of A Lasting Impression! So grab your copy of A Lasting Impression (it’s
okay if you don’t have one yet- you might win one!) and join Tamera on
the evening of November 15th for an author chat, a trivia contest (How
much do you know about the 1860’s?) and lots of Southern-inspired
giveaways (complete listing here).
Thank you to all of you who entered the Deliver Me From Evil book Giveaway. The winner’s name has been drawn the old fashioned way (I wrote all the names on paper and allowed my daughter to pull the winner).
Congratulations go out to Amanda Claire. I will contact you about sending the book shortly.
To everyone who participated, thank-you. Look for another give away coming soon.
Ann dreams of a marriage proposal from her poetic suitor, Eli-until Will Hanby shows her that nobility is more than fine words.
On a small farm in 19th-century Ohio, young Ann Miller is pursued by the gallant Eli Bowen, son of a prominent family. Eli is the suitor of Ann’s dreams. Like her, he enjoys poetry and beautiful things and soon, he will move to the city to become a doctor.
Ann travels to Pittsburgh, accompanying her father on business. There she meets Will Hanby, a saddle-maker’s apprentice. Will has spent years eking out an existence under a cruel master and his spirit is nearly broken. But Ann’s compassion lights a long-dark part of his soul. Through his encounters with Ann’s father, a master saddler, Will discovers new hope and courage in the midst of tremendous adversity.
When the Millers must return to Ohio and their ministry there, Will resolves to find them, at any cost. If Will can make it back to Ann, will she be waiting?
Read an excerpt here: http://www.rosslynelliott.com/books.php
This book is a wonderful debut novel from Rosslyn Elliott. It is well written and researched and makes for a delightful read. If you enjoy historical romance, you will love this book. 5 Stars
About Rosslyn: Rosslyn Elliott grew up in a military family and relocated so often that she attended nine schools before her high school graduation. With the help of excellent teachers, she qualified to attend Yale University, where she earned a BA in English and Theater. She worked in business and as a schoolteacher before returning to study at Emory University, where she earned a Ph.D. in English in 2006. Her study of American literature and history inspired her to pursue her lifelong dream of writing fiction. She lives in the Southwest, where she homeschools her daughter and teaches in children’s ministry. For more about Rosslyn, visit her website: http://rosslynelliott.com