Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Wednesday Wonder: The Flight of a Butterfly

Today's Wednesday Wonder features 
The Flight of a Butterfly 
by Rachel Ward

About The Flight of a Butterfly

Lucy Simpson just survived the worst day of her life. Rather than stick around to deal with the fallout of losing her accounting job and the betrayal of her longtime boyfriend, she makes a split-second decision to pull up roots and move to Hawaii.

She arrives with a suitcase, a reservation at a cheap hotel, and a whole lot of hope. Relieved to be an ocean away from her overbearing father, Lucy creates a list of experiences to help her explore what she really wants from life. Her new friends from the singles ward become her cheerleaders and help her cross items off the list one by one. As she does, she learns a little bit more about herself, about life and about love. But when a family emergency calls her home, will she be forced to choose between her old life and a new love?

My Book Review of The Flight of a Butterfly

I thoroughly enjoyed this story of self-discovery. Several things go really wrong, but Lucy soon figures out her problems began when she followed the path others had set up for her life which was not leading to her happiness. I enjoyed reading how she developed a new plan for her life and began to work it with the support of the friends she picked up along the way.  The challenge came when a crisis called her back home. Would she return to what she had before, and would her perspective have changed?

I enjoyed the characters. They felt real. Some of the attitudes were so true to life all I could do was smile and shake my head.

This story had a sweet romance ... more than one, actually ... and it was interesting to read how it played out, especially with the quirks some of the characters needed to resolve. This is a must-read.

CLICK HERE to purchase The Flight of a Butterfly on Amazon.

About Rachel Ward

Rachel grew up reading every book she could get her hands on and spending time with her cat. At least, that was the report in every annual Christmas letter. The humiliation was enough to spur her into action, and she began writing. And she never stopped. Rachel studied English at Brigham Young University-Idaho and then wrote and blogged in between the births of her six children. She currently lives in West Jordan with her family, and while she no longer has a cat, she still reads every book she can get her hands on.

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Monday, November 19, 2018


 Leah Moyes is from Arizona but experienced many parts of the world in thanks to a career in the airlines. Now most of her time, aside from writing, is spent with her family, reading Historical Fiction novels or studying ancient cultures as a student of Archaeology.

She always believed she was born in the wrong time period, but since she doesn’t have access to a time machine she must write and read intriguing stories of the past. 

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Stay or flee? Life or family? An impossible choice.

It's Aug 13, 1961, in Berlin Germany. Nationale Volksarmee soldiers roll barbed wire across the war-torn city to create the first Berlin Wall.
Families are separated, livelihoods destroyed, death comes easily as crippling fear paralyzes the occupants on both sides of the wall. Fifteen-year-old Ella is faced with an agonizing decision. Does she risk crossing the wall and possible death to reach her family? Or does she embrace her new life and blossoming love that could be wrenched from her at any moment? West Germany and possible freedom or East Germany and controlled chaos?

Ensnare, the first book in the “Berlin Butterfly” series, is a story of life, love, survival and the struggle of living through the dark early years of the Berlin Wall. Readers will be captivated with Ella’s strength, determination, and vulnerability as she opens her heart amidst a dangerous and terrifying journey."


“El?” The sound was barely a purr, but there was no doubt where it emerged from.
I glanced at Anton then down to Papa. The commotion must’ve startled him awake. I went to him but delayed my touch, knowing he would sense my uneasiness. I knelt to the side of the couch and leaned my face in until I felt his breath on my cheek.
“Go,” he mumbled.
I looked at him alarmed, although the darkness hid my face. Is he really telling me to leave? I waited for a confirmation that came within seconds.
“You . . . must . . . go,” he gasped with very little strength.
I placed my trembling hand on the side of his face. “Please, Papa. Don’t make me choose.” My eyes stung from the strain. I looked back at Anton, my heart emotionally torn between the people I loved the most.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday Wonders: NINE LADIES DANCING 2018

This week's Wednesday Wonders introduces 
a collection of 9 sweet Regency romances
and featuring 
Love's Refrain 
by Patricia Kiyono  

About Nine Ladies Dancing 2018:

Nine bestselling authors present nine Regency romances — some traditionally sweet, some clean, some mildly sensuous — in a boxed set you won’t want to miss!

Teach Me Under the Mistletoe by Kay Springsteen: What's a girl to do when she's never been kissed, and the worldly man she wants regards her as a child?

How It All Began for the Baron by Tabetha Waite: Cassie can’t stand her brother’s best friend… really.

Love’s Refrain by Patricia Kiyono: Lady Laura Montgomery, acting as her stepsister's chaperone, takes solace in poetry and her love of music. Can they comfort her as she faces the man who stole her heart ten years ago?

Mistletoe Magic by Donna Hatch: Can the mistletoe work its magic and open Evelyn’s eyes to true love at the Christmas ball?

The Matchmakers by Ruth J. Hartman: Jessie Selkirk has a mission — to take care of every stray cat she finds. But when Baldwin Rutledge steps into her barn looking for a cat, she develops a whole new interest.

The Ruse by Felicia Rogers: Luke Andrews, Baron of Stockport, is in trouble. He needs a wealthy bride to secure future funds for his financially shaky estate, but the lovely lady who’s caught his eye doesn’t have two sticks to rub together — literally.

Heart of Delight by Jenna Jaxon: He’ll do anything to be her heart’s delight — except tell the truth.

Mischief on Albemarle by Vivian Roycroft: Miss Beryl Wentworth is silently, desperately in love with her childhood friend, Finian Fitzwilliam, who unfortunately still treats her as if willing to shove her into the nearest mud puddle... until a quite charming rake asks her for the first two dances at the Hanover Square assembly room.

The Respectable Charades by Sherry Gloag: No one could have predicted the chain of events triggered by Jenny's discovery of her fiance's body in his library… least of all her chance to find true love.
From Patricia: 

Thank you so much for hosting me at your blog! Nine Ladies Dancing is a collection of sweet to mildly sensual historical romances released by Dingbat Publishing. Love’s Refrain is a sweet novella set in the regency period. Originally published in 2013, Love’s Refrain includes characters from my Christmas Regency series, which includes The Partridge and the Peartree, Two Tutor Doves, Three French Inns, and Four Calling Bards. I remember this story took very little time to write, because I had a clear idea of the main characters before I even started the first paragraph.

Laura Montgomery is a slightly older heroine, at least by Regency standards. She had her season ten years ago, and is now considered “off the shelf.” I wondered what it would be like for a woman like Laura, when women lacked the life choices we enjoy now. I was 28 when I married – a bit later than many of my friends, but in the nineteenth century I would have been considered a spinster. I did some reading and brainstorming, and I decided Laura would be a lot like me – responsible for her younger siblings, curious about the world around her, and finding joy as well as solace in music.

Andrew is the man Laura loved from afar. Ten years ago he married Laura’s best friend, so she’s kept her feelings to herself. Of course he’s handsome, and kind. Like all my heroes, he’s based partly on my handsome husband. Except that Andrew is an earl and he plays the flute, and my husband… well, he’s a good listener! And of course, my husband has no royal title. But several of the character traits that attracted me to him so many years ago were incorporated into Andrew Bradford. He cares deeply for his mother and tries to please her, even when he finds her plans slightly distasteful. He’s fiercely protective of those he loves. Most of all, he supports Laura’s love of the arts.

Definitely hero material.


Lady Laura Montgomery, acting as her stepsister's chaperone, takes solace in poetry and her love of music. Can they comfort her as she faces the man who stole her heart ten years ago?


Laura’s thoughts went back ten years, to her own season. She’d been so young and naive then, full of hopes, dreams, and romantic notions.

There was one who figured prominently in her memories. One gentleman had stood out among all the others — a tall, handsome, elegant young man. He had been stylish, yet not vain. His hazel eyes had shone with intelligence, but he’d listened politely when others spoke, those expressive eyes indicating genuine interest. Through experience, she knew he was a graceful dancer, yet he seemed content to spend time discussing the weather with the chaperones. There had been no one else like him.

And then, as if she had magically recalled him from her memory, he was there. Andrew Bradford carried a plate of treats for his mother, the dowager Countess Covington, whose regal presence held court in a seat to Laura’s right. The man was as handsome as she remembered. His voice as he addressed the countess was as sonorous and soothing as it had been when he’d held her in his arms for one magical dance. Ten years ago, she’d fallen in love with Andrew, but he’d fallen in love with her friend, Lady Priscilla. And so she’d had to watch as he’d courted and then wed another.

Andrew was now the Earl of Covington. Would he remember her? She doubted it. She was no longer a debutante, but rather a spinster, relegated to the chaperones’ corner. 
Please CLICK HERE to purchase Nine Ladies Dancing 2018.

Author bio
Patricia Kiyono lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her children and grandchildren. She teaches music education at a nearby university, but when not in the classroom she can be found writing, sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, or making music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures.

Patricia can be found at her website and blog, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.