Sunday, January 8, 2017

EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Sunday Spotlight w/Giveaway: A Vow Unbroken by Rita Ownby Holcomb

Welcome to EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Sunday Spotlight!
Today we are spotlighting Rita Ownby Holcomb's
A Vow Unbroken!

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Rita Ownby Holcomb's 
A Vow Unbroken


Vows are the building blocks and devotion is the mortar that solidifies a proud southern family.
The war ended but peace is elusive. A vindictive victor extracts retribution from the vanquished. The price is high. Reconstruction laws and disenfranchisement cripples the returned confederates.
Lizzie upholds the promise she made her dying mother to nurture and protect the younger children.
Watt and his brothers struggle to rebuild the farm from the rubble of war.
Eli continues to exemplify the family values of faith, courtesy and loyalty as the standard he expects his children to uphold.

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Q & A with Rita Ownby Holcomb about
A Vow Unbroken!

Tell us about A Vow Unbroken.
A Vow Unbroken is the second book in the series and a continuation of A Twist of Tobacco. It picks up after the Civil War and follows the family’s struggles to rebuild their lives during Reconstruction in war torn Middle Tennessee.

What initially inspired you to write A Vow Unbroken?

It has always been a planned portion of the series.

Tell us little about the characters A Vow Unbroken.
Watt faces new challenges trying to rebuild the family farm in the wake of the Civil War in Reconstruction era Middle Tennessee. Lizzie must come to terms with her young womanhood as the babies mature. Marriages, births and deaths influence every decision made for the Ownbys and the Taylors.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Fact based fiction is easy due to the “fact” that names, dates and some occurrences are handed to you. But, keeping the story flowing and making the the characters real can be a real challenge.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I can honestly say I don’t have a favorite. I tried to find one, and then I’d read the next chapter and it would be my favorite, then I’d read the next and I had to give up. I love them all.

What are your future project(s)?
I’m two thirds finished with rewrites on the third and final book in the series. Heavens Promise-A Final Twist is due for release in November 2016.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers about this book/series?
Writing this series has been a growing experience for me as a person and as a family member. I take a different view of my extended family and the dynamics that make it work.

Now an exciting excerpt from A Vow Unbroken!

Ed and Emmy
Ed reined Scout in and dismounted at a creek bank so they could both get a drink. Watt and Jack could handle the farm chores at home so he had taken a few days to go visit Sam and take a look at Ruthie’s horse stock. Breaking the thin ice on the creek with his front hoof, Scout drank his fill, as Ed noticed the big stud favoring his left back foot. Lifting the Appaloosa’s leg he realized that Scout had a loose shoe and two of the nails were missing.
He removed the shoe and wondered where he could find some nails when he saw chimney smoke drifting from a stand of trees. He headed toward the smoke, hoping to find a farm house where he could borrow what he needed. A small but neat farm house was set back in the trees with a hog pen, several outbuildings, and a fenced in garden. He approached the back kitchen door and tied Scout to the porch railing, stepped up on the porch, and knocked on the door.
He could hear a woman singing as she went about her housework and when the singing didn’t stop at his knock he opened the door and entered the warm kitchen.
Surprised, he saw a young woman sitting in a large copper bathtub in front of the kitchen hearth. Her back was to him. Her long chestnut hair was wet and plastered to her neck and shoulders. She stood and the hair fell below her buttocks. As she raised her arms to squeeze the water from her hair, Ed was mesmerized by the sight of her charms.
Scout decided he was bored and snorted loudly. Startled, the woman turned; saw Ed and his horse and screamed. She reached for a large cotton sheet to cover herself, and slipped, and fell back into the tub.
Alarmed, Ed rushed to help her up but couldn’t seem to find a place to put his hands that didn’t invade her privacy. She squirmed and fought, but he kept fumbling to help her. She was too slippery and fell back under the water. His boots slid out from under him on the now wet kitchen floor and he tumbled head first into the tub of water landing on top of her.
He came up sputtering. Scout whinnied. Ed raised his head to look at the woman. As blue eyes met brown, they both burst out laughing.
“Eduss Dallard Oby, I mean Edward Dallas Ownby at your service, ma’am,” Ed said as he regained his feet, if not his dignity. He then simply bent over and scooped her up and carried her to a chair by the fire where her clothes were folded neatly in a pile. He handed her the wet sheet and put her on her feet.
She covered herself with as much modesty as she could muster under the circumstances and said, “Cynthia Emeline Knox. Thank you. Now would you please turn around and let me get dressed?”
Ed, red-faced, cold, wet, and uncomfortably distracted, reluctantly turned away and stepped out on the porch. He rubbed Scouts nose and heard the woman behind him humming a tune.
Lost in thought and thinking of a drawing he once saw called Venus Rising from the Sea, he jumped when he felt a tap on his shoulder, turned and faced a vision even more troubling. A beautiful young woman in yellow calico offered him a steaming cup of coffee she held in her pretty little hand.
She smiled a radiant smile and playfully said, “Would you like some coffee? I guess you’ll have to marry me now, Edward Dallas Ownby, since you’ve seen all of me there is to see.”
Before Ed could respond, the sound of a wagon approaching drew their attention. “Well, ma’am, if that’s your Pa, I guess we’ll have to see what he says about that.”

Rita Ownby Holcomb is a fourth generation Texan who has always been fascinated by the question, "Where do we come from?" Her genealogy research has led to the birth of the A Twist of Tobacco series. She is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
For thirty years she served on or presided over various civic organizations including, but not limited to, the Sherman Community Players Board, Red River Historical Museum Board, Sherman Preservation League Board, Convention and Visitors Council, Hot Summer Nights Committee, Tri-County Senior Nutrition Board and Texoma Council of Governments. After serving as an elected Sherman City Council member she retired from civic service to become a buyer and seller of vintage clothing and accessories. Listed in Who's Who in American Women in 2000 and Who's Who in America in 2003 Rita is now a full time author. Married since 1972, she and her husband Darrell, have one son, Stuart.

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EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Review: Bridged by Love by Nancy Corrigan

Bridged by Love
The Kagan Wolves series
Nancy Corrigan


Follow his head, he breaks her heart. Follow his heart...he breaks his pack.

From the moment he was born, Nic Kagan's future was sealed. He'll accept a mate, have kids, and eventually take over his father's role as pack alpha. There's just one problem.

Long ago, his heart settled on Riley, the pack's human doctor and honorary member. Except only half of him can have her. The other half--his wolf--won't give a weak non-shifter female a second sniff.

No one--human or shifter--has left a mark on Riley's soul like Nic. But with his father hospitalized, any hope things could work out between them is slipping away. Yet Riley understands something else about pack life. Power isn't always a physical gift; love is just as strong. What she and Nic have is worth fighting for.

With rival threats mounting, Nic realizes he can't simply turn his back on Riley. Though his wolf could tear his heart out for it, he must fight for what he wants before he loses his mate. His pack. Maybe even his sanity.

NOTE: Contains a reluctant alpha with only one roadblock between his heart and the woman he loves--biology. And a woman who isn't giving up on him, even if it means risking her life to fool Mother Nature.

Review:                                    5 stars

Was give this book and promised a honest review.

From the Day Nic Kagan was born his future was determined. He would take a mate have kids and take over the pack.

Just one problem. Nic has already given his heart to someone, but his wolf wants nothing to do with her, if he follows his desires he will hurt her, if he follows his heart the pack is doomed, what can one poor man and wolf do.?

Riley, the pack's human doctor and honorary member. Is the one that holds his heart. Will they find true happiness, well all I can say is read the book, it's a wonderful and warm story, look forward to more books by Nancy Corrigan.

Review by Jara

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EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Review: Chance on Love by Nancy Corrigan

Chance On Love
The Kagan Wolves series
Nancy Corrigan 


Sean Reynolds is content wielding his dominant personality as the public face of Kagan Industries. Pack leadership--and all the responsibilities that go with it--don't interest him. But when alpha-in-waiting Nic Kagan skips town, there's no one to take on his aging father's spirit wolf. No one but Sean.

Sean wants none of it, but with his wolf growling in eagerness to fill that void, he heads for the bar in an attempt to drink the beast into submission.

He'd like to ignore the sultry blonde shifter burning up the dance floor with moves that make him painfully aware of the full moon. But when she abruptly disappears, his wolf sends him in hot pursuit. Following the scent of a female he can see in his bed not for a single night, but for a lifetime...

Note: This is a short novella (11K) that introduces the Kagan Pack, the Alexander Pride's single shifter neighbors. This is not a full length book, but it may be read as a standalone.

Review:                                   5 stars

Was given this book for my honest review!

Sean Reynolds wields his dominance at Kegan Industries. but when Nic leaves town and no one there to assume all the responsibilities, there is no one left but Sean.
He does not want anything to do with this, but his wolf wants it, and in walks in his mate, will Sean find her will he lead the pack, you will have to read it to find out.

The book was well writen, the story was great and like all her books I loved it.

Review by Jara

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EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Review: Running on Empty by Golden Czermak

Running On Empty 
Golden Czermak


The End Has Come
From author Golden Czermak, comes the final installment of the Journeyman Series.

The Order has grown into a powerful alliance of monsters, humans, and more, all rallied against Dajjal and his demonic forces. The largest supernatural battle of all time is now poised to sweep across the Earth.

Running on empty and digging deep to their last breaths, it’s time for the last vestige of light in the world to fight against the night.

Review:                                                      5 stars

If anyone asks me which of Golden's books is my favorite am going to go and hide. They were all great.
The last one is all encompassing, the battle for earth is here, the battle between Evil and Good, Dark and Light is something else, I could visualize, almost as if I was there. Yes Death came, destruction was bad, and surprises that were wow for better words, that for now escape, Golden is a great New Author. He took me in a incredible journey that spanned the Earth. Many of the places he described, I have visited and again wow.
I would love to see any of them made into a movie or a TV series, they were superb. Thank you Golden for a fantastic trip.

I received an ARC from Hype PR in exchange for my honest review!

Review by Jara

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EskieMama & Dragon Love Reads Review: Then Hell Followed by Golden Czermak

Then Hell Followed
Golden Czermak


The Adventure Continues
From author Golden Czermak, comes the penultimate installment of the captivating Journeyman Series.

Emboldened, Dajjal’s forces have begun attacking openly in the streets, spreading fear and pain across the globe. The Order prepares to counter the Infernal Tide in Paris, else be swept away in its firey waves.

Meanwhile, Marcus must overcome past issues with his brother Ty while they search for a cure to heal the love of his life. The road leads them to the mysterious commune of Rennes-le-Chateau in France.

All was going so well, Then Hell Followed with its own moves, threatening the world with eternal fire and shade.

Review:                                 5 stars

I have read all sorts of books, and all that came before this one by Golden Czermak, each book was better then the one before, in book 5 I was crying because of what happened.
And so I do not give much away book 5, wow astonishing fantastically written, the characters came to life before my eyes, and dang it if I did not cry with what happened in the story, spent most of the night crying and reading. The plot was great, I felt part of it even though I was reading.
To read of such evil and Dajjal, dang it he is evil personified, and scary yet he is not why I enjoyed the book. I know i'm ranting, but do not want to give the plot away by saying too much. But it was fantastic can't wait to read more of your books.

I received an ARC from Hype PR in exchange for my honest review!

Review by Jara  

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