Imperfect promises. Can a wounded heart be healed?

Promises. Yes, we’ve heard them, some come true and others, well, you know, they don’t. They can be heart filling or heart-wrenching. My first love promised to be my sweetheart for always, but he broke my heart. He also opened my eyes to how love can be manipulated. Used for its ends and then thrown away. From this experience, I told myself not to give my heart away too quickly. It took a long time to trust again and even then, guarded.

My heart took a lot of healing, but before that, I had to forgive. Who? Firstly myself then the young man who had wounded it. I had to forgive the wasted years that took me away from God’s will for me. Why? Because God wants us to love, to give and receive it. I had encased my heart in bitterness, chained it tightly so as not to get hurt again. Secondly, the perpetrator, he needed forgiving for his actions toward me as they chained me to the past and the act. Without mercy towards myself and him, I couldn’t move on. I would remain a victim, hurt by broken promises.

“Don’t think. Do. Sometimes you have to lance a boil and let the bad stuff out so you can start the healing process” -Imperfect Promises.

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Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Imperfect Promises by Elizabeth Noyes

My Penny’s Worth

I have not read the other four books in this series. However, that did not affect my enjoyment of this book. Both Shea and Jonas came across as believable characters with pasts that changed their present lives.

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Did I like the main characters?

Yes, I liked Jonas, the protector, the man who ached for someone but couldn’t quite get his act together. He knew where he was with his horses! I felt the neediness in him to express his emotions and like me reticent to open up.

“I figured the Army would toughen you up, but I never dreamed they’d take my happy-go-lucky son and send me back a ghost of the man.”

Shea attacked her days with a smile on her face and ached at night. She too hindered by past damage walked a lonely path. Determined not to get hurt.

“Lone animals, injured ones, in particular, make easy prey for predators.”

How that resonated with me.

Is there depth to this book?

There are many instances of a deeper meaning in this book. I could sense wisdom in the writing. It is easy to get caught up in the storyline, which is intelligent, fast and at times unpleasant, but there are pearls of gold nuggets for those of us who have been hurt in life.

“If you put your mind to something, chances are you can make it happen, but tears won’t help.”

In my opinion, Imperfect Promises draws on the pledge from the Father. He wants us to know that He will never leave you because His love is higher than the messiness of life. He sees beyond it and loves no matter what. However, the main characters are like you and me desperate for that Fatherly love. Struggling to strive for it but failing due to our baggage.

“Sometimes you have to get out of your own way and trust the good Lord to figure things out for you.”

What about the antagonist?

Oh, the villain was nasty, homegrown and full of hate. A darkened soul only out to destroy. A portrayal of the sick world without God. Yes, Ms. Noyes wrote a realistic antagonist.

In what way did this book affect you?

For me, the book oozed pain and had me turning the pages to get it finished. Indeed I read it faster than I usually did. The plot thickens quickly, and the enemy is well camouflaged. Elizabeth Noyes does a smart job of misleading the reader. And her descriptions, like paint on a canvas.

“His eyes darkened, filled with daggers, broken bottles, guns and rusty chains as he stared.”

Would I recommend Imperfect Promises?

Yes, I would, but I would also recommend reading the other four in order as I expect they are as good as this book. I have done what I do with a newspaper read from the end to the beginning – my dyslexic brain!

Thank you, Elizabeth for writing this book. I would like to give it 4****

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Imperfect Promises by Elizabeth NoyesBook Title: Imperfect Promises (book 5)

Author: Elizabeth Noyes

Genre: Action, Suspense, Romance

Release date: August, 2018

Award-winning romantic suspense author, Elizabeth Noyes raises the bar in this stunning conclusion of The Imperfect Series!

Jonas Cameron

Former Special Forces operative, Jonas Cameron, traded his past and his service for his family back in Idaho and the ranch he loves. But ghosts have a disturbing way of not staying where you leave them.

Shea Townsend

Shea Townsend is on her way to becoming a chef extraordinaire until her father’s illness pulls her from culinary school and back to Montana to care for him. After his death, disinherited and alone, she sets out to make a new life for herself, one which may or may not include the too-alpha, too-sexy Jonas Cameron.

Terrorist Threat

Jonas learns of a homegrown terrorist threat against him and his family at the same time a mysterious stalker sets his sights on Shea. Determined to neutralize both dangers, Jonas calls on old friends for help and draws upon his own very specialized skill set to end the menaces to Shea and himself.

As the danger escalates, secrets are revealed and the truth emerges in a deadly cat and mouse game with Shea caught in the middle.

Fast-paced action. Heart-pounding adventure. This is not your ordinary romantic suspense story!

About the Author

ENoyesElizabeth Noyes—professional writer, aspiring author, dedicated dreamer—lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and best friend, Paul, who listens tirelessly while she regales him with all the tales in her head of damaged, but very human characters clamoring to be heard.

A native of the Deep South, she claims to still “speak the language,” even after traveling around the world for most of her adult life. Recently retired from a career as a professional business writer and editor, she now fills her days editing, critiquing, reading, playing with the grandkids, learning more about Social Media than she ever wanted, and putting her stories into words to share with others.

Guest Post from Elizabeth Noyes

The Imperfect Tie Between Characters, Themes, and Titles

I love reading across all genres. If it’s well- written, I’m an easy catch. What I don’t like is when fictional characters are portrayed as model-worthy with perfect looks, perfect physiques, and perfect personalities. Yuk! I’ve never met a perfect person.

To quote Mark Twain, “The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.”

Believable characters

I want characters with the same flaws as you and me—judgmental, short-tempered, guilt-ridden, egotistical, defiant, withdrawn, too-skinny, compassionate, couch potatoes, foolish, silly, serious, low self-esteem, arrogant, hurt, guilty, deceiving, generous… in other words, real people. These are character traits I relate to, and they come alive on the pages, giving hope that we can also learn from our mistakes and grow into something better.

The characters in the Imperfect Series let themselves and others down. They struggle with life issues, make poor decisions, grieve over mistakes, and then pick themselves up and go on.

Imperfect

In Imperfect Wings, guilt and low self esteem plague TJ, while her male counterpart, Garrett, struggles with anger issues. In Imperfect Trust, yeah, trust was a problem for both Lucy and Wade. With Imperfect Bonds, Cassidy fights for her sister’s forgiveness as she deals with feelings of inadequacy … both of which carry over into her relationship with Derek. In Imperfect Lies—yep, another obvious theme. Lies from the past come back to haunt Mallory and James.

In the final book of the series, Imperfect Promises, the main male character, Jonas, is by a nature a control freak. He suffers from guilt over a perceived failure when at his deepest core he is a protector and perfectionist. Shea, the female protagonist, rose from the ashes of a devastating childhood to forge a new life for herself. Both discover that promises made to themselves and to others can’t always be kept. Despite best intentions, life sometimes gets in the way.

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I love Authors Interview 29 Jodie Wolfe

I love Authors Interview Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Jodie Wolfe author of To Claim Her Heart

I love Authors Interview 29

I love Authors Interview Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Jodie Wolfe author of To Claim Her Heart

Welcome to I love Authors Interview 29. On my couch today I am delighted to introduce you to Jodie Wolfe author of To Claim Her Heart. This book is on tour with Celebrate Lit from June 19-July 2.

I love Authors Interview Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Jodie Wolfe author of To Claim Her Heart

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Readers, please show your appreciation for Jodie Wolfe. Alright, that’s enough you’re not trying to call the sheepdog to heal. Crumbs, where did you get this audience?

Thank you, Jodie, for coming along today and partaking in my desert island interview. If you are comfortable we shall begin?

Jodie – Yes of course fire away Margaret.

It can get lonely on the desert island so..

You are allowed to invite another person to stay with you on the desert island, which of your characters would you choose and why?

Jodie – I would definitely choose my heroine, Elsie Smith. She has the know-how to get a homestead up and running so she would be a great asset.

Elsie Smith sounds like a pioneer with attitude, which no doubt will serve her well in any situation. And would be useful on the desert island.  Sounds like a great choice Jodie.

I can hear the sea lapping and see the cloudless sky, it’s so peaceful..

On the island you have time to think, can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?

Jodie – I felt God’s call to write ever since I was a young girl and started writing my first stories.

I see from your comments in “About the Author” below that you were bitten by the writing bug after reading and watching “Little House on the Praire.” I’m not surprised this family show helped to light your creative candle. Coupled with God’s gift you had a playground of possibilities to draw from.

However, you need the right climate to write and..

The desert island is very hot, do you like hot or cold weather and which helps you focus on your writing better?

Jodie – Most definitely cold weather. Give me a cold, winter day with snow falling outside, and I’m snug and warm watching it from my window as I write.

So the hot weather of the island may not be best suited to your creativity. Never mind you can relax instead and take in a few rays as Elsie Smith whips up a cabin or two!

We haven’t mentioned food yet..

Jodie, you are allowed one favourite meal on the island what would it be?

Jodie – It would be the meal that I order whenever we go to Texas Roadhouse – ribeye steak, a sweet potato, and salad. Yummy! 🙂

I’m sure Elsie could rustle up something but it might be more like sharkeye rib steak, a sweet shell and seaweed! Shame it doesn’t quite have the same allure as your favourite meal.

That delicacy might have you running for the waves..

To leave the island, you have to describe your main character in five words, can you tell me what they would be?

Jodie – Strong, independent, determined, committed, and stubborn.

I wonder if these characteristics are based on one of the members in The House on the Praire? I just thought I would throw that out there.

Well, that’s all the questions I have for you Jodie. It’s been a pleasure to talk with you and to take a trip to my desert island.

Readers, please be upstanding for Jodie Wolfe. Yes, ok you can whistle now.

Jodie – Thank you Margaret, I have enjoyed our time together.

What a lovely lady. Now don’t forget Jodie has a GIVEAWAY at the end of this blog so please enter for a chance to win.

If you have enjoyed I love Authors Interview 29 please comment below and tell me what you think. This interview was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak, writer, blogger and all-round good egg. (Alright you can stop laughing now.)

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About the Book

To claim her heart

Title: To Claim Her Heart

Author: Jodie Wolfe

Release Date: May 14, 2018

Genre: Historical Romance

In 1893, on the eve of the great race for land, Benjamin David prays for God to guide him to his ‘Promised Land’. Finding property and preaching to the lost are his only ways of honoring his deceased fiancee, but he didn’t count on Elmer (Elsie) Smith claiming the same plot and refusing to leave. Not only is she a burr in his side, but she is full of the homesteading know-how he sadly lacks.

Obtaining a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run is Elsie Smith’s only hope for survival, but not just any plot will do. She has a specific one in mind. The plot’s not only a way to honor her pa and his life, but also to provide a livelihood for herself. Elsie’s willing to do whatever it takes to get that piece of property, and she determined to keep it, but she wasn’t planning on a kind, handsome preacher standing in her way.

Her bitterness is what protects her, and she has no intentions of allowing that preacher to lay claim to her land … or her heart.

About the Author

JodieJodie Wolfe got bitten by the writing bug as a young girl after reading and watching Little House on the Prairie. She creates novels where hope and quirky meet. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.

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Prejudice and bullying – A Name Unknown book review

A Name Uknown Book Review by Margaret Kazmierczak

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Names have decided the fate of many people – especially a foreign name!

My father-in-law was born in Poland but after the second world war could not return to his home country. He settled in the UK, but when he started dating, his surname and accent gave away his international routes. A gentle man and war hero, he suffered prejudice because of it and on two occasions denied the right to court a young lady. Proud of his name he refused to change it like so many of his countrymen. Jan did not give in to the bullies. Instead, he stood firm and held his head high.

A Name Unknown is a book about prejudice, bullying, and the misconception of the person behind the surname. It is a tale close to my heart.

About the Book

A Name Unknown book review by Margaret KazmierczakBook title: A Name Unknown

Author: Roseanna M. White

Release date: July 4, 2017

Genre: Historical Romance

She’s Out to Steal His Name.

Will He Steal Her Heart Instead?

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets—now they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary’s challenge of a lifetime comes when she’s assigned to determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?

As Europe moved closer to World War I, rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can’t help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the Crown—so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstop pretending to be a well- credentialed historian, Peter believes she’s the right person to help him dig through his family’s past.

When danger and suspicion continue to mount, though, and both realize they’re in a race against time to discover the truth—about Peter’s past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.

My Penny’s worth

What a beautiful blend of opposites there are in this book – wealth and poverty, faith and none, lack of experience and street wise, fear and strength. All these knit together to create a tale of intrigue as a thief takes on a commission to steal secrets from a gentleman of status.

The Characters

Rosemary is a wily young lady, older than her years, and dedicated to looking after her street family – a noble trait even if it is on the wrong side of the law. But I like her determination, to make the best of what life has dished up for her. She has depth and a moral code, not to steal from the poor.

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So when a commission comes her way to steal a wealthy man’s secrets I couldn’t but admire her tenacity and resourcefulness.

Peter Holstein, Rosemary’s target is nothing like she imagines. A quiet gentleman, full of God’s love. He keeps himself to his study day in day out which is a mystery to Rosemary. Both dance around each other in a cautious way.  Peter suffers prejudice due to his surname, something he finds very distressing as he has always been fair to his staff and neighbours.

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There are also other strong characters, and I particularly liked the housekeeper, who is profusely protective of her employer. I could see her striding down the hallway on a mission to keep Peter safe from Rosemary! And then there is the mysterious person watching – who is he?

What I liked

The story line tackles prejudice, calling attention in particular to those who are different. The author takes care to craft believable heroes in their own right, with strengths as well as faults and failings. There are dramatic and sensitive scenes which remind me of Catherine Cookson and her tales of impossible relationships.

Would I recommend this book?

If you are looking for a book that deals with injustice, love, forgiveness and prejudice set in pre-war England, then I would recommend this book.

Thank you, Roseanna M. White, for writing this book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the Author

A Name Unknown book review by Margaret Kazmierczak

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of over a dozen historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her British series. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to make their way into her novels…to offset her real life, which is blessedly boring. You can learn more about her and her stories at http://www.roseannamwhite.com.

Guest Post from Roseanna White

It’s always a challenge to make a historical setting authentic—especially when it’s set in a region you’ve only ever read about. As I was writing A Name Unknown, I learned so much about Cornwall—all the more when I had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous Penzance region while the book was still in edits! I quickly learned that I had far too many trees in my story, and hadn’t quite captured the uniqueness of the coastal setting. I dove into rewrites with excitement and gusto, ready to make my fictional Cornwall more like the real one.

I studied the Cornish accent, Cornish foods, typical Cornish coloring in hair and eyes. I’ve now gotten rather proficient at making pasties (beef hand pies) from scratch, I’ve special-ordered ingredients to make Cornish ginger cookies called fairings, and I’ve spent quite a lot of time listening to videos of people speaking in a Cornish accent.

Delving into this rich region and its history was a blast! And I’m so excited to get to share the culture of Cornwall—and a taste of their unique flavors—with you. In a special Celebrate Lit giveaway, I’ll be offering not only a signed copy of my book, but also some homemade ginger fairings! Here’s the recipe I used . . . after special ordering the Mixed Spice (reminiscent of pumpkin pie spice) and Golden Syrup (a thick syrup with a bit of a toffee flavor) from Amazon. ? (I have a gram scale so did use the weight measurements rather than volume—also, English teaspoons and tablespoons are a bit bigger than American, so I heaped them, and I turned out deliciously.)

GINGER FAIRINGS RECIPE

100 grams butter, cold and diced

225 grams all-purpose flour

¼ heaping teaspoon salt

2 heaping teaspoons baking powder

2 heaping teaspoons baking soda

1 heaping teaspoon ginger

2 heaping teaspoons mixed spice

100 grams superfine (caster) sugar

4 heaping tablespoons golden syrup

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a stand mixer. Add the butter and beat until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Stir in sugar.

In a small saucepan, warm the golden syrup until it’s clarified a bit; stir into the flour mixture until a dough forms. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and put on prepared baking sheets a few inches apart.

Bake 8-10 minutes, until golden. Cool a few minutes on the trays and then transfer to a cooling rack.

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A Name Unknown book review by Margaret Kazmierczak

To celebrate this tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of a paperback copy of A Name Unknown & 2 dozen cookies from Roseanna!!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! Congratulations to the winner.