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Stop By The Seekers Today!

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This is just a note to let you all know if you haven't already done so, please stop by and visit the Seekers @ the Seekerville blog today! Sandra Leesmith is blogging about "The World of Book Reviews". She's featuring interview snippets and tips from book review bloggers, including some friends of Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot -- there are even a few lines from your's truly! Stop by and say howdy, the Seekers are a friendly bunch. :-)

Read Sandra's post here: http://seekerville.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-world-of-book-reviews.html
Happy Reading!

Litfuse Blog Tour: Princess Ever After (Royal Wedding Series) by Rachel Hauck

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The Story:
Regina Beswick was born to be a princess. But she's content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother's hand-painted book of fairytales. Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation's future---and his own. Yet lurking in the political shadows is a fierce opponent with sinister plans to abolish the throne forever. Overwhelmed with opposition, Regina must decide if she's destined to restore old cars or an ancient nation. Together---with a little divine intervention---Regina and Tanner discover the truth of her heritage and the healing power of true love.

My Thoughts:
Almost all of my girlfriends had dreams of living a fairy-tale growing up. While we now know that odds are we won't marry …

My First TeeFury Experience!

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I'm a bit of a geek. When it comes to Doctor Who and Sherlock I fangirl a little a lot. I'm always looking for fun and creative ways to outwardly show my love for my favorite shows and books. I've found that t-shirts are some of the most fun and inexpensive ways to let my inner fangirl shine.
Through Facebook friends, I discovered the joys of the exclusive fan artist created t-shirt from TeeFury. I'm always a little reluctant to purchase clothing online because even with tees, it's difficult to judge what sizes and colors will work best for me, but I decided to take the plunge and peel off the 12 bucks + shipping for this "I Believe in Sherlock Holmes" shirt. It's impossible to get Sherlock merchandise in stores, so online is pretty much the only way to go even if you're picky about sizing. After waiting 12 days to print and ship, my shirt finally arrived today and I knew before I tried it on it was going to be a favorite. I am shirtlocked! ;-) 10…

Healer of Carthage by Lynne Gentry -- Time Travel + Christian Fiction!

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The Story:
A twenty-first-century doctor. A third-century plague. A love out of time. 

First-year resident Dr. Lisbeth Hastings is too busy to take her father’s bizarre summons seriously. But when a tragic mistake puts her career in jeopardy, answering her father’s call seems her only hope of redeeming the devastating failure that her life has become.

While exploring the haunting cave at her father’s archaeological dig, Lisbeth falls through a hidden hole, awakening to find herself the object of a slave auction and the ruins of Roman Carthage inexplicably restored to a thriving metropolis. Is it possible that she’s traveled back in time, and, if so, how can she find her way back home?

Cyprian Thascius believes God called him to rescue the mysterious woman from the slave trader’s cell. What he doesn’t understand is why saving the church of his newfound faith requires him to love a woman whose peculiar ways could get him killed. But who is he to question God?

As their different worlds co…

COTT: Return of the Cowboy Doctor by Lacy Williams

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It's February, the month of romance! So here's a book to make your heart go pitter-patter.
Lacy Williams's Return of the Cowboy Doctor was one of our January runner-ups. Today I am thrilled to give you a closer look!
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PURCHASE BOOK
About the Book
Two years shy of his medical degree, cowboy Maxwell White is out of money. So, he's back in Bear Creek, Wyoming, working part-time for the local physician. Though he is immediately drawn to the doctor's lovely, whip-smart daughter, she seems to be irritated by Maxwell's very existence.

Hattie Powell can't quash her feelings for the town's new would-be doctor. But that's exactly why she must keep him at a distance. Hattie is closer than ever to fulfilling her lifelong wish of becoming a doctor. Now, the only thing standing in her way is the man of her dreams.

The Wyoming Legacy series: United by family, destined for love

What COTT Readers Had to Say
*I just finished reading Return of the Cowboy Doctor, and Lac…

Doctor Who: The Moonbase, Story No. 33 (BBC DVD Review)

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DVD Overview:
In 2070, Earth’s weather is controlled with ease from the Moon. When the TARDIS arrives at the Moonbase, the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), along with his friends Polly, Ben and Jamie, is accused of starting a plague that is killing off the base’s crew. It’s not long, however, before the time travelers discover the true cause of the deaths – a powerful, unstoppable race that the Doctor has met before: the Cybermen.

 Bonus Materials *Audio Commentary  *“Lunar Landing” making-of featurette  *Photo gallery  *And more... 

Litfuse Blog Tour: Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray

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The Story:
In the Amish town of Sugarcreek, love comes in many forms. But will it come at all for Miriam? 

Miriam Zehr has worked at the Sugarcreek Inn longer than she cares to admit. The restaurant is a favorite of town residents as well as the many tourists who come to taste the famous Amish fare. Though she always tries to have a smile for every customer, deep down Miriam knows something's missing: a family of her own.

Miriam has never felt particularly beautiful, especially because she's always been a bit heavier than other girls her age. When Junior, the man she's pined for all her life, suddenly seeks her out, she's thrilled to be noticed . . . until she realizes he's only asking her to help get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, her pretty friend.

If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, she'll get to spend a lot of time with him, but she might lose him in the process. Are these few stolen moments worth a lifetime of sacrifice? Is Miriam right…

A Review + Giveaway: The Traitor's Wife by Allison Pataki

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The Story:
A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America’s most infamous act of treason . . .

Everyone knows Benedict Arnold—the Revolutionary War general who betrayed America and fled to the British—as history’s most notorious turncoat. Many know Arnold’s co-conspirator, Major John AndrĂ©, who was apprehended with Arnold’s documents in his boots and hanged at the orders of General George Washington. But few know of the integral third character in the plot: a charming young woman who not only contributed to the betrayal but orchestrated it.

Socialite Peggy Shippen is half Benedict Arnold’s age when she seduces the war hero during his stint as military commander of Philadelphia. Blinded by his young bride’s beauty and wit, Arnold does not realize that she harbors a secret: loyalty to the British. Nor does he know that she hides a past romance with the handsome British spy John AndrĂ©. Peggy watches as her husband,…

Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley

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The Story:
While she's stalking the truth . . . someone is stalking her.

Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve--the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she works to uncover the truth, someone else will do almost anything to keep her from it.

Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife--a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. Now that his estranged brother is the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble.

Join the chase as Taylor and Nick search the murky shadows of the past for the keys to unlocking the present--and moving into a future they never imagined.

“Available…

Forget Me Not by Amber Stokes: A Prequel to Bleeding Heart

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The Story:
Prequel to Bleeding Heart 

Old hurts, new betrayals, and a love that survives them all... 

Summer 1885

A startling revelation sends Elizabeth Lawson escaping into a stormy night - and tosses her into the arms of a young mountain man with secrets of his own. When he offers to take her to the Nevada mining town where her long-lost brother lives, she accepts. Suspicions and uncertainties are pushed aside as she struggles to forge a future for herself by meeting her past.

David has been hiding from his painful memories for years. The solitude and wildness of the Rocky Mountains are challenge and comfort enough for him - until Elizabeth's arrival. Fueled by anger and a sense of obligation, he strives to take control of his new situation...only to find control slipping from his grasp with each new emotion Elizabeth evokes in him.

When their journey leads them on unexpected paths, can two lonely hearts find the strength to remember the good amid the heartbreak?

Book Website: http…

Litfuse Blog Tour: A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid

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The Story:
How far can God’s mercy reach? 

Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock and thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve her future. Josiah Plank is certain he’ll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined.

Lindie experiences a breakthrough with Hannah when she recognizes Hannah’s special gifts, but a risky pregnancy and serious health issues threaten to demolish the foundation Josiah and Lindie are building. Will their growing love survive despite their struggles, or will their hearts become as cold as the northern winter?

Read an excerpt:


One More Reason to Love Sesame Street...

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MURRY-ARTY. Benedict Sherlock.

#Counterbatch


How adorable is this?!

Clash of the Title's first 2014 Winner!

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It is my great pleasure to announce the winner of this month's clash...


Redneck Debutante by Jenny Hammerle
Congratulations, Jenny! Your book will be automatically entered for a chance to win a Laurel Award later this year!
And a big thank-you to ALL our participating authors!
Lacey Williams with Return of the Cowboy Doctor, Norma Downing with A Promise Made, and Anne Greene with Marriage byArrangement
Here are a few of the comments left by our voters:
Jenny Hammerle is a talented author who knows how to connect with girls through an engaging story where the reader can gain valuable life lessons along the way!:-)I have spent some time in Fruitville and I Love this place. Many great memories there. I must read your book, I am sure it is wonderful, as are the People of Fruitville. Thank You for taking time to write this book.Redneck Debutante is a great title! The cover is spectacular and really catches your eye. I have read this book and it is a very good, fast-paced read.Great story and…

With Autumn's Return (Westward Winds, Book 3) by Amanda Cabot

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The Story:
She's planning on instant success. She didn't plan on love.

When Elizabeth Harding arrives in Cheyenne to open her medical practice, she is confident that the future is as bright as the warm Wyoming sun. Certain she'll have a line of patients eager for her services, she soon discovers the town may not welcome a new physician--especially a lady doctor. Even Jason Nordling, the handsome young attorney next door, seems to disapprove of her chosen profession.

When a web of deceit among Cheyenne's wealthiest residents threatens to catch Elizabeth and Jason in its snare, they must risk working together to save one of Elizabeth's patients--even if it means falling in love.

“Available January 2014 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”


My Thoughts:
***Review contains mild spoilers***
Sometimes the most interesting stories are the ones that reflect the struggles that women face in their professional lives. One of my all-time…