Sandra Byrd ~ Tudor Ladies in Waiting

Sandra Byrd is one of my favorite authors. I’m so happy she is re-releasing her Tudor Ladies in Waiting! If you are a fan of historical fiction, you will love these stories with themes of friendship, loyalty, betrayal, faith and love.

Look at the lovely covers!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Book

Could that which is worth dying for be exactly what makes life worth living?

When Anne Boleyn catches the eye of the king, Meg Wyatt accompanies her dearest friend to the thrilling court of King Henry VIII. However, as Anne and Henry’s affections grow, Meg receives devastating news: the man she loves is forfeiting their future together to pursue his calling as a priest. Heartbroken, Meg commits to ensuring Anne’s well-being.

The court crawls with climbers; some see Anne as an ally, while others consider her an adversary. In a place where deception and intrigue are common currencies, it is difficult to discern friend from foe—even within one’s chambers. Anne’s status rises, and Meg remains her loyal confidante, positions neither takes lightly. Unfortunately, the same determined ideals that make Anne a worthy queen and a champion for the English Reformation provide her enemies with a deadly foothold on her future.

Charismatic Henry is a single-minded king and a fickle-minded man. When Anne cannot produce the male heir he desires, she falls out of favor, allowing her enemies to pounce. Accusations and false testimony prevail. Anne Boleyn is sentenced to die.

Meg bears witness to her friend’s stalwart grace, even unto death. Weighted with grief, Meg expects a dim future. But then, an unexpected source reignites a long-held spark still kindling in her heart. Could that which is worth dying for be exactly what makes life worth living?

Fusing compelling fiction with historical facts, To Die For is a masterful tale of unflinching friendship and unquenchable love.


A discussion of potentially sensitive content may be found on the author’s webpage for this book for those who would like to preview it before reading.

First line

There are many ways to arrive at the Tower of London, though there are few ways out.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Book

In a court full of intrigue, what if the most heart-wrenching secrets Juliana must keep are her own?

Sir Thomas Seymour offers Juliana St. John a place in the household of Katherine Parr, a welcome reprieve. Juliana blossoms under Kate’s maternal warmth, but all is not well. Juliana has the gift of prophetic dreams and “sees” terrible events visited upon the highborn. If her prophetic gift is discovered, she will be accused of heresy or, worse, witchcraft.

Katherine Parr is a beautiful, intelligent woman whose generosity is surpassed only by her kindness. Unsurprisingly, she attracts the attention of King Henry VIII, who recently dispatched his fifth wife. Unfortunately, being Henry’s beloved carries no small risk for Kate and her household, especially after she becomes his queen. As a member of the queen’s inner circle, Juliana bears witness to a barrage of plots within the increasingly treacherous court—many intended to remove Kate’s influence and, perhaps, her life.

As Henry’s illness progresses toward death, those seeking to claim his power descend on the queen. Meanwhile, Thomas Seymour is revealed to be both more and immeasurably less than the kindhearted benefactor Juliana once thought him to be. As the queen’s trusted confidante, Juliana is a well-practiced secret keeper. But when unforeseen violence upends her future, the most heart-wrenching secret she keeps is her own.

Threading historical fact through gripping fiction, Byrd creates a rich tapestry of one young woman’s battle to protect those she loves from harm.


A discussion of potentially sensitive content may be found on the author’s webpage for this book for those who would like to preview it before reading.

First Line

Her voice sounded by turns pleased and then pleading, her laughter scaled from bass enjoyment to treble fear.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Book

What happens when serving a queen may cost you your marriage—or your life?

From the author of To Die For comes a stirring novel that sheds new light on Elizabeth I and her court, a book that evokes the Tudor period’s complexity, grandeur, and brutality.

In 1565, seventeen-year-old Elin von Snakenborg leaves Sweden on a treacherous journey to England. Her fiancé has fallen in love with her sister, and her dowry money has been gambled away. Ahead of her lies an adventure that will take her to the dizzying heights of Tudor power and plunge her to the riskiest, most heartrending lows.

Transformed through marriage into Helena, the Marchioness of Northampton, she becomes the highest-ranking woman in Elizabeth’s circle and Elizabeth’s dear friend and confidant. But in a court surrounded by enemies plotting the queen’s downfall, Helena is forced to choose between her unyielding monarch and the husband she’s not sure she can trust—a choice that will provoke catastrophic consequences.

Vividly conjuring the years leading up to the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots, Roses Have Thorns is a multi-layered exploration of treason, both to the realm and the heart.


A discussion of potentially sensitive content may be found on the author’s webpage for this book for those who would like to preview it before reading.

First Line

There once was a strong, benevolent lady who was walking through a frozen rose garden in the grievous chill of winter when her slipper brushed against something on the cobbled path.

Have a great week, beloved!

Snowstorm Sabotage ~ Kerry Johnson

Good morning and Happy Friday! If you love suspense, you will enjoy this one!

First Line

She shouldn’t have come up the mountain alone.

About the Book

Title: Snowstorm Sabotage: An Uplifting Romantic Suspense (Love Inspired Suspense

Author: Kerry Johnson

Genre: Suspense

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense

Publication Date: September 28, 2021

Print Length: 175 pages

Back Cover

Can she survive a blizzard…

and being framed?

Single mom Everly Raven didn’t just discover the murder of her friend—she’s being framed for it. Now she’s on the run from hired killers at her family’s ski resort, all while a deadly blizzard rages. Her only hope is her ex-husband, FBI agent Isaac Rhodes—the secret father of her child. But can they live long enough for him to meet their daughter—and clear Everly’s name?

My Thoughts

This was my first time reading Johnson. I liked her writing style, plot, and pacing. I enjoyed Everly’s and Issac’s second-chance story. I rooted for their marriage and safety.

I also want to add that I liked her antagonists. They were true to life. They knew what they wanted and went after it without apology or excuses.

Snowstorm Sabotage is a fast-paced cat-and-mouse ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. In fact, I may have jumped ahead several times. 😊

Happy reading!

Still Water – Betty Thomason Owens

Good morning! I’ve enjoyed my time off this week with family. I hope your holiday was filled with fun, family, and friends.

This Friday’s fiction spotlight is on Still Water (Home Found Suspense Book 1) by Betty Thomason Owens

First Line

My father was dead?

About the book

Title: Still Water (Home Found Suspense Book 1)

Author: Betty Thomason Owens

Release Date: March 18, 2022

Publisher: Pursued Books: an imprint of Write Integrity Press

Genre: Suspense, Mystery,

Length: 397 pages

Back Cover

The Sins of the Father?

A car wreck, recurring nightmares, questions without answers…
Could all of this point to a forgotten past?

Crime reporter, Jake Bradley, has stumbled onto a suspicious accident. The clues lead him to Lisa Oliver, the daughter of the victims. Something about her draws Jake Bradley, and he vows to help her at all costs. When the FBI warns him off the case, Jake is more determined than ever to find the truth and keep Lisa safe.

After the sudden death of her parents, Lisa Oliver yearns for a place to call home. When she meets Jake, she wants to trust him, but her father’s mantras of self-sufficiency and independence create a stumbling block. As the wall between them crumbles, the past encroaches, and Lisa fears she will never be free.

Is she forever doomed to her parents’ nomadic lifestyle, fleeing unseen enemies?

My Thoughts

Betty Thomason Owens is an established historical romance author with Write Integrity. This year, she offers her readers a suspense novel with a thread of sweet clean romance. The first in her portfolio. Still Water is Book 1 in a three-book series.

I could empathize with Lisa Oliver’s heartache of losing her parents and everything she thought was real in her life. Something no one wants to face.

And then there’s Jake Bradley. He’s a go-getter and a hero, wanting to protect those in trouble.

Both Lisa and Jake are relatable characters.

With a laid-back writing style, Owens invites her reader along to gather clues to solve the Oliver case and discover Lisa’s true identity. I enjoyed the plot, characters, writing style, and setting.

The setting? The 70s. A decade of long hair, bellbottoms, flouncy tops, wild colors, and political turmoil.

Mature readers will enjoy the trip back while young readers will enjoy visiting another place in time. Everyone will enjoy the story.