Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book Tour - Review and Giveaway "Wishing on Buttercups" by Miralee Ferrell


 
Wishing on Buttercups by Miralee Ferrell
2nd book in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series
David C. Cook - February 2014
 
I really enjoyed this story of romance set in the backdrop of the 1880's.   The characters of Beth and Jeffery really pulled me into this book.  They are both hiding secrets from their past, but as they get to know each other, they become friends.  Beth is a artist and Jeffery is a talented writer, yet both of them lack self-confidence in their abilities.  As Beth remembers memories from her past, she begins to unravel things that she needed to know.
 
This is a good story for anyone who is dealing with low
 self-esteem, as it helps you to understand that it's what's on the inside that matters.
The descriptions of the countryside and the town really made me feel like I was there enjoying the beautiful scenery!

I also enjoyed the first book in the "Love Blossoms in Oregon" series, titled "Blowing on Dandelions",  you can read my review here.  Each book can be read as a "stand alone" but, the characters develop if you read them in series order.   If you love Historical Romance, you will really enjoy this book and the entire Series!
 

More about the book:
 
Can Love Survive When Secrets Collide?

She’d kept her secrets safely hidden—those from her past, and those in the present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn’t share, even in the 1880’s West. The townspeople would never understand. No one ever has.

Jeffery Tucker, a handsome young writer, has kept his own secrets. He doesn’t have a right to pry into Beth’s affairs but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by the whiff of mystery surrounding her.

Beth knows that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past. And when two men from her past arrive, the truth might just hurt . . . Beth’s future and her heart.

As shadowy memories surface, Beth sketches the scenes she sees and is shocked by what—and who—her illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again?



Watch for the next books in this series:
"Forget me not" - ( Novella )  March 2014
"Dreaming on Daisies" - October 2014
 
 
About the Author:

Miralee and her husband Allen have been married almost 40 yrs. They live on 11 acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington State, where they love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and go sailing. Miralee also rides her horse on the wooded trails near their home with her grown daughter who lives nearby. She’s an avid reader and has a large collection of first edition Zane Grey books, which inspired her desire to write fiction set in the Old West. When she started writing fiction, Miralee believed that she’d always stay with women’s contemporary, but has since branched out to historical romance.


Visit Miralee Ferrell online
 
  Disclosure:  Thank you to Miralee Ferrell and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for my honest review.

Miralee is giving away one copy of "Wishing on Buttercups" for each tour stop, so be sure and visit each stop listed below.  Miralee would love to answer questions about her books, her writing, her Publishing career, her hobbies or her pets.

If you would like to be entered in the contest, please leave a question for Miralee and she will answer in the comments section below.
 
My Question for Miralee:
How long have you been writing books?
 
 
Giveaway details: 
 Leave a question for Miralee between now and Midnight on March 1st, 2014. 
  One winner per blog, and no winner may win more than one book
 in this tour. 
 Contest is open to U.S. addresses only.
Winner will be chosen on March 2nd by Random.org

Sharing at these fun Parties!
   
 

 
 
For more reviews and Giveaways, be sure and visit the other Tour Stops!
 
February 10th - A Book Lover's Retreat

February 11th - Shelley's Book Case

February 12th - For the Love of Literature

February 13th -  The Book Bag

February 15th -  HomeSchooling4boyz

February 17th - Buzzing about Books

February 18th - Stuck on Books

February 19th - The power of words..

February 20th - My Recent Favorite Books

February 22nd - Melina's Book Blog

February 24th - The Front Porch

February 26th - My Devotional Thoughts

February 28th - Diana's Tea Time Reviews

February 28th - Create with Joy

 

 

38 comments:

  1. Great review, Melissa! Great book and series, too. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I agree, Wanda, Melissa's review was excellent! Thank you for hosting me, Melissa, and Wanda, thank you for stopping by.

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    2. Thanks Miralee! I have had a lot of fun hosting this Tour! =)

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  2. Hi Miralee,

    I surly have enjoyed going to each blog and reading something more about you. I wanted to find out from you what your favorite Bible verse is?

    oh.hello.hiy@gmail.com

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    1. Yes, Danie, I do. It's Jeremiah 29:11
      For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
      Thank you!!!

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  3. Melissa love your review . Miralee as you probably know I love your books . Miralee do you ever base your characters on people you know ??? Love the tour . Thanks and blessings.
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Hi Liz, I've never totally based a character on anyone I know, as I want to be very careful not to offend or hurt anyone if they don't love the character. I have borrowed personality traits from people I know, being careful to tweak so it's not obvious. It's also helpful to people watch and garner bits and pieces of info that way. Thanks!!

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  5. I appreciated your thoughts, Melissa. Excellent review! And I really like how your blog is laid out. Thanks for all your hard work!

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  6. Great post, Melissa! Now for the question, Miralee, when you are thinking about a character, do your thoughts become so detailed that you even think of the color of her eyes or the whiteness of his teeth? The calluses in his palms or the softness of her cheek?

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  7. Following the book tour ! What is your favorite scene in your book Miralee ?
    Linda Finn
    fiathfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Linda, I can't be specific on this answer, as it would have the potential to ruin the story for anyone who hasn't read it....but it has to do with when Beth finds the answer to her life-long question. It even made me cry when I wrote it. Thanks!!

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  8. I enjoyed your review, Melissa! Thank you for hosting a great tour!!

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    1. Thanks Britney! I enjoyed hosting this tour, its been a lot of fun!

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  9. Melanie, I hate to admit that I don't think that deeply when I first start. Typically, I'm thinking about personality traits, what drives my character, what they're afraid of or long for, and the physical description comes later. Thanks for asking!

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  10. How wonderful that she's going on a book tour. A friend of mine who wrote a book last year was told 'there isn't enough money for book tours any more.' I love the story line and it's a book I need to read.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Maureen! We are having a "online" Book Tour! =)

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  11. Maureen, your friend is right, publishing houses can't justify paying for book tours and the author definitely can't. Only the truly BIG names in fiction can do something like that any more, and they don't really need to. We can actually reach more readers now with a 'virtual' tour like we're doing here, than going out in person. Times have changed, for sure. Did you want to be entered in the drawing? If so, do you gave a question for me? Thanks!!

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  12. How long did it take to write Wishing on Buttercups?Thank you for the opportunity to win.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Hi,Emma! Thanks for your question. I had to work writing this book into a very hectic schedule, along with edits on book one, Blowing on Dandelions, and starting to write another book, as well as juggling home and life. I think it took me 4-5 months, off and on. If I could write straight through without any interruptions AND knew exactly where I was going at any given time, I could easily do it in 45-60 days, but that never happens. :-)

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  13. Did you ever start a writer's critique group or did you join an already established group? I recently joined Word Weavers and feel pleased with their structure. Thank you for taking time to answer.

    Blessings, Janice jsmihg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. Hi Janice, actually, I've started at least three that I've been part of. We do everything online, rather in person, never have ore than 4 people, and agree to critique new work each week (unless we're on deadline or traveling and must take a week off), and we all use Word and track changes. It's worked well for us and we've all grown in our writing as a result of one another's strengths. Thanks for the great question!

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  15. Great review, Melissa, and I love your blog's beautiful photos! Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication! :-)

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  16. Hi Melissa..thanks for the great review...it makes me want to read the book for sure. Miralee, how does your own life experiences color your writing?

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. You will really enjoy this book! =)

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  17. Hi Zaharabeauty! So nice to see you here. f'm so glad Melissa's review interested you in reading my book, thank you. I'm a certified lay counselor with The American Association of Christian counselors, so I've had years of experience ministering to women. Those times, as well as my own personal struggles through the years, will often find a voice in my stories. Never specifics or anything personal, but ideas that are born as a result of interacting with, and ministering to, women of all ages. I think it's deepened and enriched my writing and makes it more three-dimensional.

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    1. We have had alot of great questions Miralee! =)
      Thanks for stopping by to answer them.

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  18. When did you first develop a passion for writing?

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    1. Hi Beverly, my desire to write started late in life...nearly 9 years ago now. I had never considered writing for publication prior to that point, until I felt God calling me to do so. Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. Hi Miralee, Just wondering when you take a writing break, could you describe what your perfect date night or vacation with your husband would be.
    marypopmom@yahoo.com

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    1. Maryann, for a long time I've wished we could go to Hawaii. If we had unlimited money and could do what we wanted, I think that's what I'd chose...plus, my older sister lives there and we've never been able to visit. Thanks for stopping and asking a question!

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  20. Miralee, Do you have a favorite snack? Do you munch while you work?

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  21. Tammy, my waistline will attest that I snack too much when I work, LOL! Chocolate is my favorite, but I also enjoy mixed nuts, apples, baby carrots, iced tea & Pepsi.

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  22. Congratulations to Melanie! She has won the print copy of "Wishing on Buttercups"!

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