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Marcus Brotherton’s Feast For Thieves Review and Giveaway!


Sergeant Rowdy Slater is the most skilled-and most incorrigible-soldier in Dog Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, an elite group of paratroopers fighting for the world’s freedom in World War II.

Through a bizarre set of circumstances, Rowdy returns to the States after the war, turns his life around, and falls into the only job he can find-preacher at the sparsely populated community church in Cut Eye, Texas, a dusty highway town situated at the midpoint of nowhere and emptiness.

The town’s lawman, suspicious that Rowdy has changed his ways only as a cover up, gives an ultimatum: Rowdy must survive one complete year as Cut Eye’s new minister or end up in jail.

At first Rowdy thinks the job will be easy, particularly because he’s taking over for a young female missionary who’s held the church together while the men were at war. But when a dark-hearted acquaintance from Rowdy’s past shows up with a plan to make some quick cash, Rowdy becomes ensnared due to an irrevocable favor, and life turns decidedly difficult.

Rowdy’s a man used to solving problems one of two ways: with his rifle or with his fists. Will he be able to thwart his old friend’s evil schemes while remaining true to his new higher calling?

This is a wild ride of a book bursting with a bank robbery, kidnapping, desperate prayers, and barroom brawls. Before the smoke clears, all sides just might end up getting exactly what they want.


Anyone who reads my blog knows that I’m generally a romance reader, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and read Feast For Thieves because a) I had heard good things about it and b) I’m a bit partial to the 101st Airborne (Easy Company anybody?). My thoughts:

What I liked:

The writing. I sat down to read a couple of chapters and read 90% of the book in one setting. It was thoroughly engaging. The novel has that nice southern storytelling that’s done along the same vein as To Kill a Mockingbird (in no way the same book, but that same rhythmic cadence).

It was not formulaic. I’ve read books where people with pasts suddenly become preachers and there’s kind of a very familiar structure to those stories. Not so with this one. I’m glad to say I was never certain of what was going to happen next. There was no great deception here, but an openness about Rowdy that I just loved.

Rowdy. I liked Rowdy from the first page. Being in his head was a joy and if there are ever anymore novels with Rowdy as the narrator, I will be reading them. He’s got this very down to earth vibe and yet you know you that he’s been through some things and can be trusted.

The romance. Yes, there is some. The novel doesn’t focus on it, but it’s there and it’s really cute.

The town of Cut-Eye. They are some interesting people, but I found myself invested in all of the secondary characters.

Spiritually, the novel focuses on how getting to know Jesus can change your life from one direction to another.

What I didn’t like:

There were a few moments where I had to suspend my disbelief. I didn’t mind doing it, but they were there.

The pacing. Sometimes it felt like time went by too quickly.

Romantic Scale: 7

Overall, I really really really enjoyed this book. I think even if you’re a diehard romance reader like me you will enjoy this book and more importantly, fall in love with Rowdy.

**I received a copy of this novel from the author’s publicist. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**


If this book has captured your fancy (and I hope it does!), there’s an opportunity for you to win your own copy! *Note you must be a US or Canadian address. All you need to do is leave a comment below with your email address. The giveaway ends three weeks from now on October 29! The winner will be randomly selected. If you win, you have 48 hours to respond to the notification before I will choose another winner. Happy Reading!

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Monday Musings….Books to Keep Your Eye On!

Christy and Todd are looking forward to being part of two important weddings. Christy would never think of missing Katie’s big day, even though she’s getting married in Kenya. Todd has been waiting his whole life to stand up as the best man for his dad’s wedding. How will these two grand events fit into their lives and what will Todd say when Christy tells him the doctor’s diagnosis the day before they leave for Africa? Will they finally settle in and start a home?

A Historical Western Romance Short Story From Bestselling Author Karen Witemeyer

After serving as a doctor during the War Between the States, Jacob Sadler wants nothing more than to establish a quiet country practice in rural Texas. But he knows he’ll never find peace until he buries the pain of his past. To that end, he accepts a job in Cold Spring, Texas–the town he’s avoided for seventeen years–and discovers his past is definitely still alive and kicking.

When a new doctor arrives in town and saves her brother’s leg, Mollie Tate quickly puts him on a hero’s pedestal. But then the new doc insults her “Uncle” Curtis. Years ago, Curtis Sadler rescued Mollie when no one else cared. How could he possibly be the villain the new doctor believes him to be?

Jacob doesn’t know what to make of the young woman who assists him like a seasoned nurse one minute only to take a strip out of his hide the next. Yet the sparks that fly between them make him feel more alive than he has in a long time. As respect for his young nurse turns into something deeper, can he set aside the pain from his past to embrace this new love, or are some sins too big to be forgiven?

I didn’t realize these two were coming out soon (relatively)!

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Interview of Kate Breslin

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of reading For Such a Time. My review can be found here.

Thank you for your willingness to be interviewed!

Embassie, I appreciate the opportunity to be on your blog today! J

What gave you the idea to write For Such a Time?

Well, Queen Esther’s story in the Bible is one of my favorites, and as I read one day it struck me how often throughout history the Jewish people have suffered, sometimes with near extinction—the most recent being the Holocaust of WWII. I began to see similarities between the wicked Haman’s plot to destroy the Jews and Hitler’s attempt with his “Final Solution.” As the idea grew, I began my research and found I could superimpose much of Queen Esther’s story into this more modern venue.

When you began your retelling of Esther, what elements did you feel had to be in For Such a Time?

While the novel is loosely based on the Book of Esther, I did want to include how Stella (Hadassah) goes to Aric (the King) with her Jewish identity hidden; Captain Hermann (Haman) despises Morty (Mordecai) and works out a plan to destroy the Jews. Two officers, Sergeant Koch and Lieutenant Brucker (Bigthana and Teresh) plot to kill Aric, but are found out by Morty and suffer the consequences. There are other minor elements, but the most important I think, is how Hadassah’s courage and trust in God bring about Aric’s change of heart and his desire to save her people.

How much research did you have to do for this novel?

I spent about five years (accumulatively) with research, along with writing the first draft of the novel. I studied WWII history in the European theater and the Nazi party, including Himmler’s SS. I pored through personal accounts written by survivors of the camps, including Dachau, Theresienstadt (Terezin,) and Auschwitz. I also read the memoirs of German Wehrmacht soldiers fighting from North Africa to Stalingrad. In order to portray Stella and Morty’s views accurately, I did my best to become well-versed in the tenets and traditions of Judaism. At final count, my bibliography consisted of close to thirty research books, several documentary videos and substantial online information. I felt it so important to treat this horrific period of time with the sensitivity and accuracy it deserved, while crafting a fictional romance between a Jewess and an SS-officer.

Aric was my favorite character in the novel because he was so complex. Did you have a favorite character when writing?

I confess, I always love my hero best! J But Morty was a great character to write as well. A decorated soldier in the first Great War, he was treated abominably in the second. He carried an awful burden of responsibility in the camp yet never wavered in his faith.  He stood up to bullies like Captain Hermann and wasn’t afraid to look Aric in the eye. He loved his niece and believed in God’s vision. I admire his character very much.


Can you tell us what you’re working on next?

I just completed my second novel for Bethany House, another historical romance, this time set in WWI Britain. When a beautiful Suffragette meets a mysterious aristocrat, love and intrigue abound!  NOT BY SIGHT will release Summer of 2015. I had fun writing the story and I hope readers will enjoy it!

More about the author:


A Florida girl who migrated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin lives with her husband, John, and a very spoiled cat named Coco. Kate has written several travel articles, published award-winning poetry, and her first manuscript, a Scottish historical romance, was an RWA Golden Heart finalist. FOR SUCH A TIME is her debut novel. Kate’s writing journey has been one of faith as well as success; after years spent writing novels aimed at the general romance market, she finally heeded God’s call to write stories of how His love brings two hearts together. When not plotting her next novel, she loves spending time with author friends, reading from her mountain of books, or watching anything Jane Austen on BBC. Kate’s also an avid gardener and enjoys taking long walks in Washington State’s many forests. A traveler as well, she’s toured most of the country at one time or another and also been abroad–Paris, Munich, Rome, Pompeii, Athens, even a day trip to Turkey. She’d love to hear from you so please stop by and say hello!

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Rom. 8:28 (NRSV)

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Heather Blanton’s Hearts in Defiance


Charles McIntyre built the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance practically with his bare hands … and without any remorse for the lives he destroyed along the way. Then a glimpse of true love, both earthly and heavenly, changed him. The question is, how much? Naomi Miller is a beautiful, decent woman. She says she loves McIntyre, that God does, too, and the past is behind them now. But McIntyre struggles to believe he’s worth saving … worth loving. Unfortunately, the temptations in Defiance only reinforce his doubts.

Billy Page abandoned Hannah Frink when he discovered she was going to have his baby … and now he can’t live with himself. Or without her. Determined to prove his love, he leaves his family and fortune behind and journeys to Defiance. Will Hannah take Billy back or give him what he deserves for the betrayal?

On a mountain high in the Rockies, looking down the barrel of a gun, both men will come to some stunning conclusions.


I just really loved the first book in this series, A Lady in Defiance, and so when I saw that book two was coming out, I immediately downloaded it. And it was just as good as the last one! My thoughts:

What I liked:

Even though it has been over a year since I read the first book, it didn’t take me long to remember everybody and what had happened before. To me, I was right back in Defiance with Naomi and her sisters.

Naomi. She’s still my favorite character because she’s so not like other heroines. She’s feisty, she has a temper, she doesn’t wait for around for help, she takes charge, and she doesn’t put up with other people’s excuses. With a personality like that, you would think she would be annoying, but not at all. It’s such a nice contrast to heroines who sit around and wait for things to happen, and yet Naomi not once feels like she stepped out of the 21st century. To me, she’s more a woman of her times than others because living out west was hard, and you had to be a survivor.

Charles. I adored Charles in the first book because he reminded me so much of Rhett Butler. Now that he has a relationship with Jesus, my heart just went out to him. He’s balancing his new life in Christ with his old life’s decisions and sometimes its heartbreaking, but Charles definitely became someone I could trust.

The romance. Charles and Naomi pick up right where they left off. But Charles has this beautiful vulnerability with Naomi that is rarely accomplished in books. I loved the way he loved her.

The secondary characters. Usually I want to focus on the main characters, but in this case I was just as invested in Naomi’s sisters and their own romances.

The storyline. Looking back on it, not a lot happened. It was much more character driven than plot driven, and yet I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

Spiritually, I loved loved loved how grace is shown in this book. The author didn’t just give us a scripture, but she showed how a new believer in Christ may wrestle with the idea of grace, but ultimately must believe that they are forgiven. And yet, sometimes, there are still consequences. But with God on your side, they are easier to deal with.

What I didn’t like:

One of Naomi’s sisters gets involved in a bit of a love triangle. I’m not a fan of those…and I think she chose the wrong guy. I’m sorry, whats-his-face just never grew on me.

Romantic scale: 9

Overall, a wonderful sequel! That ending though!