Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot ~ A Review

Prelude for a Lord

An awkward young woman. A haunted young man. A forbidden instrument. Can the love of music bring them together . . . or will it tear them apart?
Bath, England—1810
At twenty-eight, Alethea Sutherton is past her prime for courtship; but social mores have never been her forté. She might be a lady, but she is first and foremost a musician.
In Regency England, however, the violin is considered an inappropriate instrument for a lady. Ostracized by society for her passion, Alethea practices in secret and waits for her chance to flee to the Continent, where she can play without scandal.
But when a thief’s interest in her violin endangers her and her family, Alethea is determined to discover the enigmatic origins of her instrument . . . with the help of the dark, brooding Lord Dommick.
Scarred by war, Dommick finds solace only in playing his violin. He is persuaded to help Alethea, and discovers an entirely new yearning in his soul.
Alethea finds her reluctant heart drawn to Dommick in the sweetest of duets . . . just as the thief’s desperation builds to a tragic crescendo . . .

When I heard that Camile Elliot was putting out a Regency Romance, I was thrilled! I’ve read several awesome books by her in the past and I knew that I was in for a treat! I’m a newbie to Regency Romance books, but I love Camille’s (aka Camy Tang) ‘Sushi’ series and her ‘Protection for Hire’ series. Camille knows how to write a wonderful, captivating story. She also excels at creating strong yet vulnerable female lead characters, and she achieved both in this fantastic book!

Alethea is a strong woman. She’s had to be. Betrayed by those she loves time and again, she’s come to expect bitter disappointment. Her one solace is her music, even though it only serves to drive people away.

Dommick is not stranger to disappointment, yet he is determined to make life perfect for his family. He accepts that he will never have the life he longs for, but he won’t allow anything to damage the future happiness of his sister. The only thing that he has been able to keep for himself is his music.

When they are forced together, Alethea’s stubborness and her lack of interest in societies demands, cause fireworks. Dommick has burnt her before and she doesn’t give trust easily. Dommick can’t afford to have anyone associated with him that might negatively affect his image. Image is everything in his circles and Alethea appears to not care that she is looked on as odd and contrary.

Brought together by the one passion they share, can they see past societies pressures – and the walls they’ve built – to bring harmony to each others worlds?

I really enjoyed this book. Not only were the main characters engaging, I found myself wishing to know more about the secondary characters as well. (I may, or may not have, heard that Camille is considering writing the story of one or more of them.) It was fast-paced and yet nothing was sacrificed in the storyline to keep the readers attention! This is a book that I will re-read many times!

4.5/5 stars!

I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for my honest review. I didn’t HAVE to like it, but I sure did!!

You can get this great book here:

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Camy writes Christian romantic suspense with Love Inspired Suspense as Camy Tang and Regency romance with Zondervan under her pen name, Camille Elliot. She grew up in Hawaii but now lives in northern California with her engineer husband and rambunctious dog. She graduated from Stanford University in psychology with a focus on biology, but for nine years she worked as a biologist researcher. Then God guided her path in a completely different direction and now she’s writing full time, using her original psychology degree as she creates the characters in her novels. In her free time, she’s a staff worker for her church youth group and leads one of her church’s Sunday worship teams. She also loves to knit, spin wool into yarn, and is training to (very slowly) run a marathon

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Meet Trace Weston: Team Leader and Hero from Operation Zulu by Ronie Kendig

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Today I have the honour of introducing you to LTC Trace Weston.  Trace is one of the heroes in Ronie Kendig’s brand new serial book Operation Zulu: Redemption.  What’s a serial book?  Well, this is an awesome way to read a book.  Like your favourite TV show, this book has new episodes every week!  Intriguing, right?  Here’s a brief glimpse on this amazing series:

They never should’ve existed. Now they don’t.

In the aftermath of their first highly successful op, the first all-female special ops team, known as Zulu, discovered that innocent civilians—women and children—died at their hands. Zulu was set up to take a devastating fall.

Fearing for their lives, the Zulu team vanished. With new identities and spread across the globe, they live in relative but isolated peace—yet still haunted by the past. Terrified of being discovered.

Five years after that horrific night, they begin to hope they might be safe and the tragedy forgotten.

Until two of them are murdered …

In the aftermath of this betrayal, Trace hid them.  He’s never forgotten – never stopped being their team leader.  Now his team is being targeted and he won’t stop until he figures out who had it out for his team then and who is eliminating them now!

Whoo boy!!  I knew I’d like Trace from the minute he walked on the scene.  All business, in command and intense.  I love Ronie’s military heroes!  I admit that I have yet to meet a hero of Ronie’s that I didn’t develop a bit of a book crush on.  She writes an awesome hero!  *cough* I will not mention a certain man named Canyon, and  I certainly won’t mention a book called ‘Wolfsbane’.  *cough*  Wait, where was I?

Trace has surrounded himself with some of the best and you can learn more about them here: (I’ll add the links as they go live)

Annie

Teya

Nuala

Boone

Sam

Now, not only can you go on a mission with this awesome team… you can get the first episode TOTALLY FREE!!  Grab your gear, put on your boots and grab it HERE!  Then, you can pre-order the next 4 episodes.  Trust me.  You want to be on this mission.  It’s going to be a heart-pounding, breath stealing thrill-ride!

Learn more about Ronie Kendig and her awesome books on her website, Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads and check out her other books on Pinterest!

~Sarah

Zulu Is Here

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Today is the day I, and I hope you, have been waiting for!!  Overkill is here!

Operation Zulu arrives today and the first episode is absolutely FREE!!  YES!  FREE!!

Get your copy today at www.teamzulu.com!

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Here’s a few places you can find the amazing Ronie Kendig!

Rapid-Fire Fiction website.

Follow her on Twitter.

Like her on FaceBook. (and everywhere else, because she’s great!)

Check out her Pinterest.

~Sarah

Final Stop Before Zulu

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Today is the last day!!  The last day where we don’t have Zulu in our hands!  The last day where we go to bed without an adrenalin-packed read!  Who needs sleep, anyhow??  😉

Tomorrow heralds the arrival of Operation Zulu!

“They never should’ve existed.  Now they don’t.  In the aftermath of their first highly successful op, the first all-female special ops team, known as Zulu, discovered that innocent civilians—women and children—died at their hands. Zulu was set up to take the devastating fall.  Fearing for their lives, the Zulu team vanished. With new identities and spread across the globe, they live in relative but isolated peace—yet still haunted by the past. Terrified of being discovered.   Five years after that horrific night, they’ve begun to hope they might be safe and the tragedy forgotten.  Until two of them are murdered.”

I can’t wait!

With Ronie Kendig at the helm, you can be assured that there will be moments of held breath, rapid heart-beats and a gasp or two!

So, how about it?  Are you ready for this mission?

Sign up today at www.teamzulu.com for this action-packed journey!

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Here’s a few places you can find Ronie!

Rapid-Fire Fiction website.

Follow her on Twitter.

Like her on FaceBook. (and everywhere else, because she’s great!)

Check out her Pinterest.

~Sarah

Not So Covert Ops for Team Zulu

Zulu 33 days, folks!!  3 days left until Team Zulu hits the ground running!  Wait until you meet these ladies!

I hope that you’ve checked out the heart-pounding teaser on day 4!

Sign up today to keep tabs on Team Zulu and enter for a chance to win an iPad mini!

(giveaway only open to those of you who are blessed with US addresses)

Those of us without US mailing addresses, we can still sign up and get this amazing book!

I can’t wait to take this thrill-ride with you!

~Sarah

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Here’s a few places you can find Ronie!

Rapid-Fire Fiction website.

Follow her on Twitter.

Like her on FaceBook. (and everywhere else, because she’s great!)

Check out her Pinterest.

 

 

‘Raptor 6’ by Ronie Kendig ~ A Review and a Giveaway

Raptor 6 approved

“Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when Dean’s mission and team are threatened, his Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military’s secure computers and networks isn’t an option. Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. When Zahrah is captured because of her expertise in quantum cryptology, compromising the US military, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart-a move that might come at the highest cost.”

As usual I went into this book expecting excellence.  As usual, I was not disappointed.

Raptor 6 his hard hitting from the very first chapter and does not let up until the final page.  I admit that I’d had a soft spot for Dean ‘Watterboy’ Watters from the ‘Military War Dog’ series.  I was so excited for his story and it was worthy excitement.

Dean is a tough guy with a soft-spot, though he tries to fight it.  Zahrah is a soft-spot all over, though she fights that as well.  She wants nothing more than to do what she believes God is calling her to.  In the environment she is in though, that is a really difficult mission.  She’s determined to do what she must to fulfill her calling, but he’s determined to do what he must to keep her safe.  The two do not agree on the best methods for either of these desires.  Poor Watterboy has met his match in this fiery school-teacher.

I loved the dynamics between them.  Dean is so clearly used to getting his way and Zarah is focused on Gods way, oblivious to the position it puts Watterboy in.  They are both desperate to help the people they are surrounded by, but not all the people want their help.  Some people would like nothing than to see them both dead.

When Dean must face his worst fear to prevent his worst fear, he’s only got one person he can trust in… and it isn’t himself.

I also have to mention the beautiful, yet emotional, love story that is intertwined in this book.  I laughed and… yes, I admit, I cried.  Multiple times.

This is an action-packed, emotion-filled MRAP ride through the desert.  I could nearly feel the sweat rolling down my back and the intense desert heat.  My heart stopped when shots were fired at the team, tears for the pain that was felt, desperation warring with hope, triumph and agony.  Ronie is a master storyteller and Raptor 6 is amazing!

How can you resist the cover?  😉  Isn’t it awesome?

5/5

*Full Disclosure: I was given this book by Barbour Publishing for my honest review.  I did not have to love it, but I sure did!*

You can get your copy of Raptor 6 at:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Chapters

Kobo

Christian Book

Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Shiloh Run Press
ISBN: 1616260408
(ISBN13: 9781616260408)

Ronie Kendig

About Ronie Kendig

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married her own hunky hero, who’s an Army veteran. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her husband have a full life with four children and two dogs. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of raw, broken characters. Since launching onto the publishing scene, Ronie’s Rapid-Fire Fiction has hit the CBA Bestseller List, won the prestigious Christy Award, finaled in numerous contests and reader awards, including ACFW Carol Awards, RWA’s Faith, Hope, & Love’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Awards, Christian Retailing’s Readers’ Choice Awards, INSPY Award, The Christian Manifesto Lime Awards, and FamilyFiction’s Readers’ Choice Choice Awards. Ronie loves people and helping other writers through speaking, workshops, and/or mentoring. Find Ronie at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction) , Twitter (@roniekendig), and GoodReads!

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Five Minute Friday: Writer

My life is so busy, as I’m sure a lot of you can identify with.  I have a ton of balls in the air with everyday life, plus I’m waiting to hear back on some more of my ‘Chaser Chats’ as well as I’m going to have a special feature for those of you who followed Noel’s story with me last year.  (<– you can click there to see Noel’s story!)  So my blog has been largely quiet. When I saw Lisa-Jo’s prompt this morning though, I knew I had to get back here!

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be a writer

I love this line (though slightly modified) from Sister Act 2.  It resonated with me and continues to.

Writer.

This word has meant many different things to me over the years.  Often times it was just as a source of stress relief.  I used to write my emotions.  If I was sad, then a sad scene would play out.  If I was excited, so were my characters.  Of course, this made for a pretty scattered story.

Lately though, the word has taken on a different meaning for me.  Writer is more than just someone who sits and writes words.  Writer, over the last year and a bit, means someone who breathes the story.  Someone who’s thoughts are often taken up with lines, plots, drama, adventure and excitement.  With those comes the agony.  Missing lines, plot holes, too little excitement.  When I am heavy into my book, I breathe it.  When kids, husband, meals, family weren’t at the forefront, my characters clamoured over each other for my focus.  Sometimes I would have to gag them so I could get anything else done!  I went to bed with my book on my mind (scenes playing through my dreams) and woke with a NEED to write.

I love watching other writers work on their art.  I see the ups and downs, the highs and lows.  The thrill of a 2,000 word day (or few hours).  The days they pull out their hair when a single word is a struggle.  Like any other craft, there’s a TON of work involved.  The lows are so tough.  When even in your head you can’t string a complete sentence together.  When you’re so desperate you resort to telling your characters that if they ‘don’t shape up and start talking‘ that you’ll kill them off.  Slowly and painfully.  (My dear characters may have heard this once.)  But… the highs!  Oh, the highs.  So magnificent and heady, so freeing and breathtaking.  Like you could fly away from your computer and soar on the joy, but the act of pulling yourself away from the computer is too painful to consider.  Bask in it.  Soak it in for when the next low hits.  It will come.  Thankfully, so do the highs and… have I mentioned how wonderful they are?

Writer.  I am one.  I love it!  (and sometimes hate it)  😉

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Fridays.  Rock.  One of my favourite things about Fridays is the chance to write with many others on a single word prompt from the fabulous Lisa-Jo Baker.  We just write without worrying if it’s just right!  Unedited and unscripted.  Don’t panic!  It starts off tough not to edit, but it gets much easier!  Come join us!  Here are the rules:

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1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

2. Link back to Lisa’s website (click the 5 minute Friday image above for the website).

3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule.

The heart of this community is amazing!  See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/