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Book Review | “Time and Again” (Book 1: History #Mystery series) by Deborah Heal #RRSciFiMonth

Posted Saturday, 24 January, 2015 by jorielov , , , 0 Comments

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Time and Again by Deborah Heal

{ Book One in the History Mystery Trilogy }

{ Unclaimed Legacy (Book 2) + Every Hill & Mountain (Book 3) round out the trilogy }

Published By: Write Brain Activity
Available Formats: Paperback, Ebook and Audiobook

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My path originally crossed with Ms. Heal during her blog tour last year (2013), when her third novel in the History Mystery series was making it’s way through the book blogosphere whilst stopping on Inspirational fiction blogs I frequently visit. It was on one of these tour stops I had the happy joy in winning a copy of “Every Hill & Mountain” and ever since then, I had had it in mind to blog about this beautiful time travel series for Sci Fi November! I contacted the author about this particular idea and she offered to send me the first two novels in the series with matching cover-art to the third novel, as I have the original cover-art designs for the History Mystery series – where the house is featured but is not prominent as there is a girl featured as well on “Time and Again”.

Therefore, I received a complimentary copy of the book direct from the author Deborah Heal, in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

Inspired to Read the Series:

What originally drew me into the folds of this particular time travel series is the overall premise, of how an old house can become a portal of a window into time travel! The idea of having the thread of a time travel narrative worked through the Inspirational side of literature was also an appeal, as I was quite curious how the science behind travelling in time might be explored and explained inasmuch as how the story would alter or change from traditional science fiction roots which are published through mainstream markets. As a hybrid reader whose mind is always open and seeking out new inventive ways of telling stories, I was most curious on how an INSPY writer would treat the scope of the story as much as the science behind it.

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Book Review | “Time and Again” (Book 1: History #Mystery series) by Deborah Heal #RRSciFiMonthTime and Again
by Deborah Heal
Source: Direct from Author

An old house + A new computer program =

The travel opportunity of a lifetime…

…to another century.

Abby Thomas is spending the summer in a run-down old house with a bratty pre-teen named Merrideth she is supposed to tutor. Not a dream job. But it does come with perks.

There’s John Roberts, a devastatingly attractive neighbor who is almost too wonderful to be real.

And there’s the new computer program Beautiful Houses—also too amazing to be real. No one knows how it works, but with it she can rewind and fast-forward the lives of all the people who ever lived in the house, including Charlotte Miles.

In 1858, the house is a train stop on the Alton & Chicago Line. And Charlotte is stuck there serving meals to the passengers, wondering if she’ll ever get to have any fun. And then she meets two travelers who change her life forever.

There’s James McGuire with whom she falls in love. And there’s his boss, a young Springfield lawyer named Abraham Lincoln. His debate with political opponent Stephen Douglas catapults him onto the national stage. And it inspires Charlotte to take up the cause of abolition.

Places to find the book:

Borrow from a Public Library

Add to LibraryThing

ISBN: 9781613466698

Series: History Mystery,

Genres: Historical Fiction, Inspirational Fiction & Non-Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel Fiction

Published by Write Brain Activity

on 25th February, 2013

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 252

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About Deborah Heal

Deborah Heal

Deborah Heal, the author of the Time and Again "history mystery" trilogy, which has been described as "Back to the Future meets virtual reality with a dash of Seventh Heaven thrown in," was born not far from the setting of her novel Every Hill and Mountain and grew up just down the road from the settings of Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy.

Today she lives with her husband in Monroe County, Illinois, not far from the setting of Once Again: an inspirational novel of history, mystery & romance. She enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about regional history. She has three grown children, five grandchildren, and two canine buddies Digger and Scout, a.k.a. Dr. Bob in Unclaimed Legacy.

She loves to interact with her readers, who may learn more about the history behind the books at her website and her Facebook author page.

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Time travelling within the walls of an older home:

Heal has a good way of giving small details out about the condition of the old house, where you become delighted in finding out about how the wood and/or the fixtures are represented now verse how they would have been viewed when the house was originally built. There are certain passages that elude to the craftsmanship of the care put into it’s structure, as much as a curiosity about certain staircases and what could be found outside in the barn. It has this rambling appeal to it, as if you think you know everything there is to be known about the house itself, yet it is within that moment of certainty that another mystery presents itself that is not as easily explained!

I liked the pace of how Abby encouraged Merrideth to seek out the charm of her new dwelling as much as to find how educational lessons of life and study can become if you ‘think outside the routine’ and ‘structure’ of traditional learning! Abby starts to seek a way to have the ‘house’ transform learning in a way that Merrideth can find tangible connections between what she’s learning and what she can see through experience. Read More


Posted Saturday, 24 January, 2015 by jorielov in 19th Century, Abraham Lincoln, African-American History, African-American Literature, Astral Projection, Author Blog Tour, Balance of Faith whilst Living, Biographical Fiction & Non-Fiction, Blog Tour Host, Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Book Review (non-blog tour), Book Trailer, Bookish Discussions, Bookish Films, Bullies and the Bullied, Civil Rights, Coming-Of Age, Debut Author, Debut Novel, Divorce & Martial Strife, Drugs & Alcohol, Fathers and Daughters, Fly in the Ointment, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, History, Indie Author, Inspirational Fiction & Non-Fiction, Lessons from Scripture, Parapsychological Gifts, Sci-Fi November, Single Mothers, Small Towne USA, Sweet Romance, Teacher & Student Relationships, The Deep South, The Sci-Fi Experience, Time Travel, Time Travel Adventure, Underground Railroad

The hunt is afoot for wicked sweet treasurements of books and bookish bliss!

Posted Friday, 17 May, 2013 by jorielov 0 Comments

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt hosted by Lisa Tawn Bergren

17th of May – 19th of May, 2013
{annual event! 2012 was the début!}

Hosted by: Lisa Tawn Bergren

A curious little blog hop whereupon you can visit or meet authors who pen the inspirational fiction stories that captivate us as they endear our hearts to their characters and stories. I cannot remember exactly which blog I regularly read that alerted me to this Hunt, which is why I gave credit to “The Cross and Cutlass”, MaryLu Tyndall’s blog as I do remember visiting her blog this week, and seeing the reminder of the Hunt posted! Although, it could have readily been read on “Writes of Passage” which is an author group blog that features Robin Lee Hatcher, who is also taking part of the Hunt!

The Grand Prize: 31 books by 31 authors! Ooh, my how I would find it incredible to win such a smashing piece of scavenger hunt treasure! I’d have to opt for the ‘printed’ copies, as anyone whose read *My Bookish Life* knows which types of books I read! I’d not hesitate to pass the ‘win’ on to someone else if perchance my name is drawn to receive these in e-book format on an iPad mini! Afterall, it’s a game, err, hunt of chance!  Estimated value is: $300! for the 31 books in printed format!

The 31 books are as follows:

  1. Grave Consequences by Lisa T. Bergren
  2. Trouble in Store by Carol Cox
  3. Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble
  4. The Face of the Earth by Deborah Raney
  5. Captives by Jill Williamson
  6. Fall State Legends by John W. Otte
  7. Adoring Addie by Leslie Gould
  8. Love At Any Cost by Julie Lessman
  9. When Love Calls by Lorna Steilstad
  10. A Lady of Quality by Louise M. Gouge
  11. When A Secret Kills by Lynette Eason
  12. All in Good Time by Maureen Lang
  13. Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall
  14. Scorned Justice by Margaret Daley
  15. Once Upon A Prince by Rachel Hauck
  16. King by R.J. Larson
  17. Georgia Sweethearts by Missy Tippens
  18. A Bride for All Seasons by Robin Lee Hatcher
  19. Mountain Homecoming by Sandra Robbins
  20. Stress Test by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.
  21. Talon by Ronie Kendig
  22. The Message on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson
  23. Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell
  24. So Shines the Night by Tracy L. Higley
  25. No Way Out by Susan Sleeman
  26. Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock
  27. Tiny Dancer by Patricia Hickman
  28. Whispers on the Prairie by Vickie McDonough
  29. The Bride Next Door by Winnie Griggs
  30. Lydia’s Hope by Marta Perry
  31. Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

The Hunt Hop Route: {32 stops to complete the loop of the hop!}

Each blog along the Hunt , features the next author to be found as you make your way around the stops! Therefore, each blog you visit is hosted by a different author than the one being featured, yet the one being featured is a bit of a clue of what you will find on the next stop you will click-through too! It’s a bit like an unsuspecting rail ticket to chart through sleepy hamlets and rambling scenery as you shift through the countryside in the comfort of your seat by the window!

{NOTE: I began this hunt on Friday, the 17th of May 2013 and completed it forty minutes shy of midnight, Sunday, the 19th of May 2013, being inches of minutes still on the Saturday, the 18th of May side of things! Whilst I made my rounds to each blog, I must confess, that initially I could only gloss over and make my extra entries as I jotted down the words in order to have built the winning phrase in time before the deadline! There simply wasn’t enough time for me to drink in the content as I normally would prefer whilst visiting blogs, which is why I went back as I formulated this listing!}

  1. Lisa Tawn Bergren* – Where the hunt is happily underfoot! The Hunt begins with an introduction to Rachel Hauck
  2. Rachel Hauck* – One of the authors who has residency on Southern Belle View Daily, and of whom, I enjoy conversing with through their weekly topics of conversation! Similar to the other Belles, I have not yet had the pleasure of reading her novels. She is featuring the author: Stephanie Grace Whitson, of whom I haven’t realised pens books on quilting in a similar vein as Jennifer Chiaverini, as she writes my beloved Elm Creek series!! I was so engrossed into the interview today, that I promptly started to write a lengthy email to accompany the request to receive the poem, “The Patchwork Quilt” which she offered to give to those who personally email her! I was quite enthused with everything that I learnt, that I promptly subscribed to her NL as well!
  3. Stephanie Grace WhitsonAs you may have noticed the next author on the blog hop is the one that is featured on the previous stop! Ms. McDonough shared a scene from her July 2013 release Whispers on the Prairie. She was attempting to sort out how to give a character a severe asthma attack given that they didn’t have the same treatments in 1873 as they do today to make the attacks easier to manage!
  4. Vickie McDonoughOne of the authors I was enjoying getting to know through the Society+ {February, March, and part of April 2013}, until of course, due to needing to make a reduction in spam, the Name/URL option was removed. I could not start to use my blog through OpenID, until I was ready to ‘launch’, so I’ve been reading from the sidelines! Oh, how I miss making comments!
  5. Colleen Coble{unfortunately I took too long to compose my thoughts and the posting was already down!}
  6. Julie LessmanMs. Lessman hosted Ms. Raney, who spoke about her book “The Face of the Earth”. Ms. Raney shared a link for her Pin(terest) board of inspiration for the novel.  I can understand where she is coming from by creating fiction settings anchored in reality, as I tend to do that myself!
  7. Deborah Raney{unfortunately I took too long to compose my thoughts and the posting was already down!} I can say, that I loved the look of her blog/website, and the fact she’s a fan of Tom Selleck’s Jesse Stone was alright by me!
  8. Maureen Lang* – Ms. Daley spoke highly of the Texas Rangers which she focuses on in her series: The Men of the Texas Rangers. Ms. Lang offered an additional prize but I think it was one that I couldn’t enter. I have appreciated the Texas Rangers ever since they came alive in the series: Walker, Texas Ranger as well as The Lone Ranger.
  9. Margaret DaleyMs. Tyndall is one author I’ve been following for most of the year, as in late Winter 2012 and early Spring of 2013, she was on blog tours for her latest release “Forsaken Dreams”. I sort of garnished a proper sense about the novel due to all the conversations that sparked out of the tours! Including, how would it feel to leave everything that you had ever known behind to embark of an incredible change of lifestyle as you emigrated to a new country!
  10. MaryLu Tyndall* – Ms. Axtell spoke about the difficulty in writing about spies and deciphering codes. She even provided a code sampler which would reveal the names of her characters in “Moonlight Masquerade”.
  11. Ruth Axtell* – Ms. Sleeman spoke about how characters are conceived and written into stories. Focusing on her Love Inspired Suspense “No Way Out”. I haven’t picked up a lot of Love Inspired stories in the past, although I have a few on my shelf that I found at a used book shoppe!
  12. Susan Sleeman –  Ms. Blackstock shared her process for building a new series, focusing on her Moonlighter series. She talked the process of attaching which character to which book in the series and how using pictures helps her paint the characters features in her mind’s eye.
  13. Terri BlackstockMr. Mabry spoke about his hero from Stress Test, who suffers from a similar condition as writers where he never feels as though he’s worthy or succesful in life. About how our inner voices can play havoc on our overall well being and that we need to learn to silence them in order to realise our full potential. Having doubt is one thing, but to allow ourselves to be talked out of doing something OR out of believing in our abilities is quite another!
  14. Richard MabryMs. Larson delved into the complexities of creating an entire world out of a writer’s imagination borrowing on cartography that is available of ancient worlds. She had an artist render her world on parchment set in ink to give it a more realistic touch.  Adding in fantastical creatures and beasts set the stage for the characters that would populate the newly created world. Everything she spoke about is how she pulled together the setting behind “King” her Biblical-fantasy release.
  15. RJ LarsonMs. Higley spoke of a first-hand account of travelling to conduct research to bring a pulsing realism to your story. She travelled to Ephesus for her book “So Shines the Night”. She provided written commentary as well as a video!
  16. Tracy Higley* – Ms. Eason talks about how you can go from short sentences to a full-on novel! This is something I can directly appreciate because one of my last manuscripts was based on five short plot directing points of interest! You’d be surprised how far you can go with only a little bit of inspiration to carry you forward! She was asking for people to email her directly after they had the chance to read “When a Secret Kills”. The title to me should be a forewarning not to hold secrets!
  17. Lynette EasonMs. Cox spoke about how you can unexpectedly dip into a well of creative musings that lead you down a writing path you might not have thought you’d take OR at the very least, have the ability to uncover a piece of your travels that might have eluded you!
  18. Carol Cox* – Ms. Seilstad posted an article about the operator girls in the 1900s, including facts about the industry. Her novel “When Love Calls” is one of the ones I am looking forward to reading one day!
  19. Lorna Seilstad* – Ms. Perry shared a scene from her new book “Lydia’s Hope”. She’s on my 70 Authors Challenge due to the fact that I am attempting to branch out into more Amish & Mennonite fiction!
  20. Marta Perry* – Ms. Gould cross referenced Shakespeare with the Amish., where she proposed the question if you thought your favourite Shakespearian play could be turned into an Amish story?! She gave examples of how “Courting Cate” is based on “The Taming of the Shrew” and how “Adoring Addie” is based on “Romeo & Juliet”!! I am a Shakespearian scholar, so I must say, this perked my interest!
  21. Leslie Gould* – Ms. Hatcher bespoke of what she would have carried with her whilst travelling as a mail-order-bride! I must confess, that mail-order bride stories are some of my most favourite to read! There is something about the freedom of attempting to direct your stars and better the life you’ve been given.
  22. Robin Lee HatcherMs. Kendig writes military fiction stories that not only involve soldiers who are deployed but the MWDs as well! {ie: Military Working Dogs} Being a volunteer with Soldiers’ Angels, giving back to deployed servicemen and women each year by sending uplifting mail, I can attest to the need for inspiring and positive stories about our dedicated men and women who serve!  I think the best thing that I learnt by her post was that you can *adopt!* MWDs!!
  23. Ronie Kendig* – Ms. Stengl wrote about how you can take a seemingly normal and unextraordinary plot and turn it into something rather fantastic!
  24. Anne Elisabeth StenglMr. Otte’s post I must admit did not captivate me as much, because I do not read comics. Although I do appreciate comics and the readers who enjoy them! One thing I can say, is that I appreciate the art that is set between the words to bring the worlds alive!
  25. John OtteMs. Williamson spoke about the intricacies of creating a ‘future’ setting whilst building the world by which your writing. Complete with cartography, and the realistic issues of making it a fully lived world realised for the reader who finds your stories.
  26. Jill WilliamsonMs. Hickman introduced us to “Tiny Dancer” which was releasing in mid-June.
  27. Patricia Hickman{unfortunately I took too long to compose my thoughts and the posting was already down!}
  28. Sandra RobbinsMs. Tippens shared an essay entitled: Meaningful Gifts.
  29. Missy TippensMs. Griggs shared a sneak peek of “A Family for Christmas”.
  30. Winnie GriggsMs. Gouge wrote an essay about Regency romances and why they have such a hearty following. Considering that I duck into the Regency quite often myself, I can attest that there is something that pulls a reader into that era!
  31. Louise M. GougeMs. Bergren wrote about what to do whilst in Venice, complete with a video! Her “Grave Consequences” novel has me most interested!
  32. Lisa Tawn Bergren – The Hunt ended where it began!

{*KEY: * denotes the authors who are listed in my *70 Authors Challenge 2013-14. It was quite exciting in the end after I had participated to realise how many of the authors I had chosen were taking part in the Hunt! + denotes my endearing name for the Christian Fiction Historical Society; ie: the Society! NL refers to ‘newsletter’ that an author promotes to keep readers in touch about their latest releases and bookish news. Unless I said the post was taken down, you can still read and view the stops along the Hop!}

Whilst your visiting each blog, you were meant to ‘pick’ up a clue to reveal the *secret phrase* by which you give to Ms. Bergren if perchance your name is drawn at the conclusion of the Hunt! Being that my blog will not go ‘live’ until well after the winner’s circle is announced, I am safe to relay to you that this is the phrase that was collected by each entrant:

 * to be added*

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Posted Friday, 17 May, 2013 by jorielov in 70 Authors Challenge 2013-19, Author Blog Tour, Blog Hop, Blog Scavenger Hunt, The Cross and Cutlass, Writes of Passage

A celebration of old world arts, crafts, and the bonds that connect us!

Posted Wednesday, 10 April, 2013 by jorielov , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Quilts of Love series by Abingdon Press

A lovely collection to read and to gather for your own library, to read and visit with again and again! I was drawn to this series, after having fallen in love with the Elm Creek series by Jennifer Chiaverini which celebrates the beautiful circle of women that comes through the art of quilting!

  1. Beyond the Storm {Quilts of Love, #1} by Carolyn Zane {don’t miss the book trailer which is shockingly real considering recent tornadic events, the link behind her name takes you directly to the video!} After seeing the trailer, I knew this book was writ in a vein that is up to the minute with the heartache that has crisscrossed through the Heartland. My heart was with everyone over the past years where tornadoes have not merely shattered lives but they have re-written our understanding about how how powerful these events can become!
  2. A Wild Goose Chase Christmas {Quilts of Love, #2} by Jennifer Allee
  3. Path of Freedom {Quilts of Love, #3} by Jennifer Hudson Taylor {don’t miss the book trailer and chapter one excerpt that are provided on her blog post about the novel! the link behind her name takes you there!} I originally came across this novel on the CQ (Colonial Quills, blog)…
  4. For Love of Eli {Quilts of Love, #4} by Loree Lough
  5. Threads of Hope {Quilts of Love, #5} by Christa Allen
  6. A Healing Heart {Quilts of Love, #6} by Angela Breidenbach
  7. A Heartbeat Away {Quilts of Love, #7} by S Dionne Moore
  8. Pieces of the Heart {Quilts of Love, #8} by Bonnie Calhoun {don’t miss the book trailer!} A special treat if you appreciate old-time music, jazz especially and stories that evolve around war. Images of yester year draw your mind back to the era by which the story belongs. Alongside the ominous omen of the colours you stitch into a quilt might have a premonition about what may yet come to pass. A story of love’s endurance.
  9. Pattern for Romance {Quilts of Love, #9} by Carla Olson Gade
  10. Raw Edges {Quilts of Love, #10} by Sandra Bricker
  11. The Christmas Quilt {Quilts of Love, #11} by Vannetta Chapman
  12. Aloha Rose {Quilts of Love, #12} by Lisa Carter
  13. Tempest’s Course {Quilts of Love, #13} by Lynette Sowell {her website wasn’t pulling up; she is listed on Facebook}
  14. Scraps of Evidence {Quilts of Love, #14} by Barbara Cameron
  15. A Sky Without Stars {Quilts of Love, #15} by Linda S. Clare
  16. Maybelle in Stitches {Quilts of Love, #16} by Joyce Magnin
  17. Not yet determined

Where I first began to be introduced to this lovely series: Honestly, I do not have a clue! Between the regularly read blogs and my wanderings around the bookish blogosphere, it is indeed anyone’s guess! What drew me into wanting to read them, however, is the focal point on old world arts & crafts, by which I am an active participant in as I’m a novice knitter! I took up the needles and fibers at the age of twenty-nine, which goes to show you, your never too old OR too young to begin! Quilting has been in the cornermost section of my future dreams and goals to jettison into because of the series: Elm Creek by Jennifer Chiaverini! Reading her stories of the women who are united by the threads and patterns of time honoured traditions stitched with love, hope, faith, and prayer made me realise that quilting would surely have to be in my life at some point!

Combine this with my passion for Heartsong Presents {novellas that are on a mail-order frequency through Harlequin; new imprint acquired in 2012!}, which feature Amish stories regularly around quilting circles and quilts being passed down that a purpose for someone in the present,… you can see how I garnished interest in Quilts of Love!!

As I am able to read each of these lovely books I will be blogging about them, and giving you a reader’s point of view of how the series progresses book to book. As with most intriguing series of this nature, I have noticed that the libraries have not yet caught on to this particular release pattern, and therefore, I will be acquiring them by way of ILL’ing. This post will serve as a Master List, whereupon I shall put each future post on each book behind the titles!

Ever so often I am noticing that these titles are being offered as bookaways on various blogs which I think is quite lovely as it not only helps get the word about a connected series by way of different authors but it allows the potential reader to get to know the individual author a bit more ahead of reading her respective contribution to Quilts of Love.

{KEY: “ILL’ing” refers to inter-library loaning. At my local library, each book or item borrowed through ILL services needs to be out of publication by way of six months. Therefore, it will take me a bit of time to get into this series, but I am looking forward to the adventure of it!}

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Posted Wednesday, 10 April, 2013 by jorielov in Author Blog Tour, Inspirational Fiction & Non-Fiction, Multi-Author Serial Fiction, Old World Arts & Crafts, Quilting, Small Towne Fiction