A Book Review of “The Lost Lieutenant”

https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Lieutenant-Serendipity-Secrets-Book-ebook/dp/B0851RR29T/

For January in my Facebook Reader Group, the challenge was to read a Regency Era book. I chose to read a book which published in 2020 that captured my attention and found its way to the top of my TBR pile as a highly anticipated read for this busy author. I’m usually far too busy writing books to do more than squeeze in one or two reads each month, but my choice for this fun group activity, The Lost Lieutenant by Erica Vetsch, did not disappoint.

I was thrilled with the quality of research, first and foremost. The author did her homework. I felt she went above and beyond, bringing much more of the era to life for me than most books do in this genre. Secondly, it was a joy to read a book filled with Christian characters who held Christian views, yet there were antagonists who helped create conflict and challenges in the book who were clearly cut from another cloth. The author does a fantastic job of striking the right balance, and getting our faith as Christians right in the way she develops her characters. It was woven seamlessly into the book, thrilling my soul to read the story. I personally soaked up every aspect of this thought process for the characters in the book, and especially their reactions to various situations they encountered.

The book wasn’t too preachy, and there were times when I couldn’t put it down. One night, I was up way past my bedtime into the early morning hours turning the pages. By the time I was halfway, we had a snow day here in Kentucky the next day, and it took no time at all for me to decide to spend the day finishing the book.

I also commend the author on her plot. It was well-thought out and enjoyable. The book held my attention all the way through the story. I enjoyed the humor in the book, and found myself laughing out loud quite a few times. Most of the time, the author wrote so well, as a reader, I felt as if I was there in the story.

The book is clean, sweet, and romantic, yet wholesome. I would consider it advanced reading, more for ages fifteen or perhaps seventeen and up, unless your reader is advanced enough to handle the complexities of say something along the lines of Pride & Prejudice. The Lost Lieutenant is done so well, it easily holds its own in the world of classic literature. Jane Austen fans would be pleased.

The story centers around Lady Diana Seaton and Lieutenant Evan Eldridge. Evan is thrust into the world of becoming a member of the peerage when the Prince Regent bestows and estate, a title, and a wife upon him. He is indeed quite lost in this new role. I enjoyed the humility in the central and main characters, the espionage, the descriptions of scenery, the fashions, a glimpse into military life, the conflicts and suspense, a closer look at running a country estate for the peerage in England, and the halls of society in London where we have a close encounter with the Prince Regent. The author followed all of the Regency Era rules and brought history to life for me.

I look forward to reading all of the books in the series, especially since the author did a good job of leaving me filled with intrigue and interest about the character of Marcus, returning in Book 2 of the series, “Serendipity & Secrets.” Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?

“Save the Date” Available for Pre-Order!

Check out all of the books in this anthology about twelve wedding dresses, twelve months of romance, and twelve weddings by twelve authors…

This book will be available in eBook format, paperback, and hardback versions. It releases September 14, 2021. Early birds get it for 99c in eBook format, here–: https://books2read.com/LisaMPrysock

Save the Date

Wow! See all of the book covers and authors in this collection at my Save the Date author website page, here—:

https://www.lisaprysock.com/save_the_date.html?r=20210030021404

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Round-Robin: A New Heart

Merry Christmas! Welcome to the 2020 Round-Robin Christmas Scavenger Hunt. Thanks for inviting me, Hallee! Welcome to my blog, Inspirationals, by Lisa Prysock.

At each author’s blog post, you will find a question that can be answered by checking out the free Amazon preview of their book. Provide the answer at this Google Form. Note: You must answer the questions for every author in the round-robin to be considered to win one of the three prizes which include a $350.00 Amazon gift card for first place, $250 Amazon gift card for second, and $150 Amazon gift card for third. [Note: these prizes are USD values. If you are not a U.S. resident, you will get a gift card from the Amazon store for your country; however, it will be valued at these USD amounts.] At the end of my post is a link to the next blog, who will provide a link to the next blog, etc., to the very end.

I’m delighted to have a chance to tell you a little about my book A New Heart. This Christmas Romantic Suspense and Mystery story is the fifth book in the ‘Georgia Peaches’ series, but you don’t have to read the other books in the series to enjoy it.

Jade Burton is a mystery writer living in the small town of Buford, Georgia. She does most of her writing from the carriage house where she lives behind a Victorian house museum she inherited. Hearing a number of disturbing crashing noises and a cry for help, she walks in on a suspect fleeing the murder of her friend, Zena. Her friend was the manager for the museum established to honor her grandparents. Celebrated heroes, her paternal grandfather was a WWII pilot, and her grandmother, a Red Cross nurse and singer.

Jade meets FBI Agent Ethan Hughes of Atlanta when he is brought in by the Buford police to investigate the crime scene believed to be linked to a serial killer he’s been tracking. However, Jade’s life is now in danger since she’s the only person to catch a glimpse of the suspect. Ethan sets out on a mission to not only stop the murderer, but protect Jade.

She is attracted to Ethan, but beneath his strong and tough exterior, he has some baggage to wade through, including a wife who passed away leaving him with two children, and a heart that has given up on God. Jade, on the other hand, has some fears to face and can’t remember a thing about what the killer’s facial features looked like except for his uniform.

I love how the ‘Georgia Peaches’ series is developing. I’ve always wanted to write a mystery or suspense story, and this series fills my craving for this. Plus, I get to write alongside some seriously stellar writers. My editor’s reaction: she said the book was captivating and riveting!

Let’s continue the scavenger hunt! Go to the book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/New-Heart-Georgia-Peaches-Book-ebook/dp/B08D88P4MT/. How many Jewish refugees did Jade’s grandparents rescue from Nazi Germany during WWII?

When you have the answer, fill out this form and head on to the next blog!

Thank you so much for visiting! The next author on the tour is Lyn Cote. You can find her post at this link–: https://booksbylyncote.com/SWBS/?p=9484&preview=true

Remember that the round-robin will end on December 13th at 11:59 PM EST! Thank you so much for stopping by.

Lisa Prysock

Find out more about this author at http://www.LisaPrysock.com

Wyoming Christmas Extravaganza

You’re invited to a stellar Christmas party! There will be games, giveaways, grand prizes, puzzles, free books, more books, and 43 amazing authors to hang out with for three days! Dec. 3rd, 4th, and 5th, this coming Thursday-Saturday.

The party will be here–: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WhispersinWyomingRomance

Join today so you won’t miss out on all the fun!

Then enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win one of these grand prizes–: ALL 40 of these paperbacks, OR a Fire Tablet, OR a $100 Amazon Gift Card. https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/822e967c10/

You’ll be fan-girling like me over the stellar author line-up! It’s a bit of a mystery as to when each author will post, so you’ll want to be there everyday, since ALL the authors in the rafflecopter plan to be there! And me…

So give us a shout-out! Do you love Christmas as much as we do? It’s been a challenging year, but we hope this is one event you can attend from the comfort of your home to help you get your Christmas cheer on!

Blessings,

From the desk of Lisa M. Prysock

New Release “Lydia’s Lot”

Lydia’s Lot
Available at Amazon and Free for Kindle Unlimited Readers
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Lydia’s Lot released today! Readers in my reader group suggested many strong Irish names for this beautiful Irish Setter. The one I ultimately settled on was Fitzgerald Murphy. In the book, I call him Fitz. He has a significant role in the story.

Early birds get it for 99c for a limited time.

Here’s the blurb:

Forbidden to marry Heath, the one man she truly loves, Lydia Catherine Hayden, an American heiress from Boston, boards a train and heads west to become a mail-order bride when matchmaker, Milly Crenshaw, introduces her to Wyatt from Iowa. Five years have gone by, and she isn’t interested in any of the society gentlemen of whom her father would approve. Her love for Heath has turned to a mild hate since hearing he married someone else.

When the Wild Whitman Gang involved in an Iowa train robbery use orphans traveling west as human shields to make their escape, they converge on Lydia’s marriage ceremony to Wyatt, killing him and abducting the heiress in the process. Things don’t seem to be going well for the architect’s daughter and she’s in a heap of trouble.

When Heath, now a widowed U.S. Marshal in Des Moines, returns home to Boston to visit family, he decides to sign up for Milly Crenshaw’s mail-order bride agency services in hopes of settling down and becoming a farmer. After Milly learns Lydia is now widowed and being held captive somewhere in Iowa with seven orphans from New York City, she pulls Heath into the case, urging him to find her, and marry her if possible. But first, he has to track down one of the most notorious, dangerous, gun-slinging gangs the Wild West has ever known. Then, he has to win Lydia’s heart all over again, if he isn’t shot and killed first in the process.

Get your copy of “Lydia’s Lot” today, an exciting new addition to the ‘Westward Home & Hearts’ series. You’ll be turning the pages in this sweet, suspenseful, Christian Historical Western Romance to find out what happens next. Easily read as a stand-alone.

Link:

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Lady Lisa’s Loop, Edition 2

Inside this edition, you’ll find a peek at a few of the books which have moved up on my TBR pile to near the top. Because I’m a busy writer, many books make it onto my reading list, but those I read first are chosen carefully. I’m constantly re-evaluating the books at the top of this list. This is because I am writing in numerous multi-author projects at present, and while I’m writing and researching, I’m also doing an incredible amount of reading the contributions by my fellow writing friends in those series to remain relevant and trigger new book ideas.

In any cases, this list is by no means all-inclusive of my TBR pile, which is ridiculously large, because there are so many great writers out there. Like many of you, I can’t seem to stop myself from buying books and adding to this pile. You will find both Contemporary and Historical selections mentioned here, but all of these are from writers known to excel in delivering quality Christian content.

Moving right along, here are some books I have on my To-Be-Read pile. Doesn’t this series by fellow Author Becky Wade look wonderful?

Here are my newest releases so you may add them to your TBR list if you feel so inclined. A Persevering Heart has released at 99c as an Introductory Special Price for the first book in this exciting new Contemporary Christian series. If you love mystery, suspense, and humor, I believe you’re going to love it. Don’t miss Minnesota Bride, the second novella to release in this wonderful Civil War Romance series with contributions written by 17 authors. This novel follows the story of Minnesota Governor Ramsay’s daughter in a fictional romance where she becomes a spy in the Confederate President’s household to assist President Lincoln in his endeavor to squelch the southern uprising. Hazel’s Tribulations is another fun story as Lady Mia’s cousin from The Prairie Princess arrives in Wyoming along with a blizzard. With her spoiled temperament, Hazel instantly clashes with the handsome ranch hand at Silver Aspen Ranch. This book was my final contribution for the ‘Belles of Wyoming’ series, a delightful tale of 1880’s Wyoming.

I sincerely hope you are well and weathering the COVID-19 storm. We will make it through this with our faith in Jesus and by remembering we are all in this together. I’ve been hunkered down at home writing since early March as I had three releases all in one month. I can’t remember leaving my home other than for a walk outside to get some fresh air since March 8th. I’ve spent the first week of April re-fueling with great books, a few Hallmark movies, and catching up with our DVR on my favorite TV series, “When Calls the Heart,” and “When Hope Calls.” How to keep Easter a little more lively when we can’t gather with some of our loved ones is weighing on my mind, but I know our efforts will be saving lives. What could be better than that? We’re laying down our normally busy lives, our family celebrations, and our customary gatherings at church and home, for the good of others in the hope less people contract this horrible virus. I believe that staying home in this situation is a splendid way to honor Christ. I’m praying for those who are not well to heal, to survive, to be brave. And I’m praying for you, our readers, whom we writers love dearly. May our books help take some of these social distancing hours and make them less of a burden for those who read them.

“Lottie’s True Love” & “The Prairie Princess”

Hello friends! I wanted to share two new books with you, both available for pre-order now. Lottie’s True Love releases this Friday, and if you love mail-order bride stories with Christian inspiration, you won’t want to miss this exciting new multi-author series. Other authors writing in this series with me include Danni Roan, Rachel Skatvold, Tina Dee, Jo Grafford, Elaine Manders, and Annie Boone.

Lottie’s True Love is available for pre-order now and releases this Friday, 7/19/2019.
The Prairie Princess is available for pre-order now and releases 9/17/2019.

Also, you’re invited to an old-fashioned Victorian Ball in our Brides of Pelican Rapids Facebook Reader Group, beginning at 6pm EST this Friday evening, 7/19/19, to help us celebrate the launch of this series and Lottie’s True Love on release day! Here’s the link to the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/877959952547231/

We look forward to hanging out with readers and there will be lots of giveaways, fun, and all things bookish!

Lottie’s True Love is a mail-order bride full-length novel with drama, humor, romance, and history set in the 1868-1880, post-Civil War Era. All of the brides are escaping the devastation of the south. The Prairie Princess is a novella featuring an English governess, a handsome cattle baron, and a tomboy student to rear. Don’t forget to reserve your copies of these novels today! Early birds get Lottie’s True Love for only 99 cents.

New Release “The Legend of Lollipop”

New Release

Hello friends and readers.  I hope you have a blessed Easter celebration surrounded by family, friends, the Lord’s presence, and great food!  Spring is here and I’m anxious to get out in my garden and plant flowers and veggies.  Before you know it, summer will be here and then I’ll want to swim as much as possible.  That is, when I’m not writing or reading books.

I’m excited to share my newest release with you, The Legend of Lollipop, Book 20 from the ‘Whispers in Wyoming’ series. The book can easily be read as a stand-alone. If you love a good horse story and sweet, inspirational romance with a Christian theme of winning, this book is for you.  Here’s a look at the beautiful cover.

Here’s the blurb–:

Anastasia isn’t the least bit interested in a romance with Jed when her sister’s job placement agency sends her to work as a temp at The Sweetwater Ranch bakery. She finally has a chance to make one of her dreams come true by doing a great job managing the bakery. Maybe she’ll even get to ride the horses on the Wyoming ranch in her leisure time, or catch a glimpse of the wild horses she longs to own.

Jed’s laid back, fun-loving personality hasn’t helped him find a woman to settle down with, but he’s perfectly content working as a wrangler at The Sweetwater. However, he can’t deny the attraction he has for the new bakery manager when he meets Anastasia.


Landon, a prominent, esteemed horse trainer with notable success in quarter horse racing, arrives at The Sweetwater for one purpose only. A legendary horse and her three-year-old filly have been spotted there in recent weeks. He’s determined to capture the renowned horses. He finds himself distracted when Jed and Anastasia introduce him to her sister, Trisha, owner of a job placement service who takes her career as seriously as he does his own.

Will this matchmaking couple, Jed and Anastasia, fall in love? And what of the legendary horses? Will they become the crowning glory of Landon’s extensive collection? Get your copy of this stand-alone Contemporary Christian Western Romance today! Clean, sweet, and romantic, don’t miss this inspirational adventure.

Some tips to make this story a more enjoyable read for you–:


A) In addition to the main characters of Jed and Anastasia, the character of Landon Callahan in this story was loosely inspired by prominent American horse trainer, Wayne Lukas. Wayne has raced and trained both quarter horses and thoroughbreds. If you watch the Kentucky Derby coming up on May 4th, might even hear his name.


B) In my research, I discovered there is a Triple Crown trio of horse races for not only thoroughbreds which race at the Derby here in Kentucky at Churchill Downs, but also for quarter horse racing.  These races take place at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico.

Thoroughbreds, which originated in England, are ideal for long distance racing of about 1 and 1/4 miles. They are generally taller than quarter horses. Quarter horses are stockier, shorter, and strong. They are ideal horses for sprinting. They can sprint 440 yards in about twenty seconds.

For the purpose of this story, I made up some fictional racing tracks and races, including a track in Cheyenne, and some characters to go along with this.


C) You’ll also meet Trisha Halston in this story. She owns Halston Staffing and was inspired by the many years in which I worked in the job placement and human resources industry.


D) There are many characters in this story, but you’ll also meet one named Riley. If you watch this Britt Nicole video called “Pave,” my inspiration for Riley is the little girl in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU71JOa_810

I hope you love this story and enjoy horses as much as I do.  I spent part of my childhood growing up on a farm where we had horses, a cow named Daisy, and chickens.  Have you ever been to Wyoming or Yellowstone where the setting of this story is?  Tell me how your Easter was, or perhaps you have a horse or farm story to share with us.  Or, maybe you have a favorite dessert to share.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Here’s the link to the book.  Enjoy! 

Author Biography

Lisa M. Prysock is an award-winning, bestselling, Christian and inspirational author of 17 novels.  She and her husband of more than 20 years reside in Kentucky.  They have five children, grown. 

She writes in the genres of both Historical Christian Romance and Contemporary Christian Romance, including a multi-author Western Christian Romance series, “Whispers in Wyoming.”  She is also the author of a devotional.  Lisa enjoys sharing her faith in Jesus through her writing.

She has many interests, but a few of these include gardening, cooking, drawing, sewing, crochet, cross stitch, reading, swimming, biking, and walking.  She loves dollhouses, cats, horses, butterflies, hats, boots, flip-flops, espadrilles, chocolate, coffee, tea, chocolate, the colors peach and purple, and everything old-fashioned. 

She adopted the slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl” because of her love for classic, traditional, and old-fashioned everything.  When she isn’t writing, she can sometimes be found teaching herself piano and violin, but finds the process “a bit slow and painful.”  Lisa enjoys working with the children and youth in her local church creating human videos and plays or programs incorporating her love for inspirational dance.  A few of her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.  You’ll find “food, fashion, fun, and faith” in her novels.  Sometimes she includes her own illustrations.

She continues the joy and adventure of her writing journey as a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and LCW (Louisville Christian Writers).  Lisa’s books are clean and wholesome, inspirational, romantic, and family oriented.  She gives a generous portion of the proceeds to missions.  

Discover more about this author at www.LisaPrysock.com where you’ll find free recipes, devotionals, author video interviews, book trailers, giveaways, blog posts, and much more, including an invitation to sign up for her free newsletter.

Links to Connect with Lisa:

https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock

www.LisaPrysock.com          

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J6MBC64   (Find all of Lisa’s books on Amazon at this link)

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lisa-m-prysock

https://www.facebook.com/groups/500592113747995/      (Lisa’s Facebook reader & friends group)

New Release, “Victoria!”

Hello friends and Happy Valentine’s Day!  I wanted to let you know about a brand new release today, Victoria, Book 3 in the ‘Brides of Grace Hill Series’ is now available at Amazon.  Here’s a look at the book cover:

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The story is loosely based on the theme from Joseph in the Old Testament, but it has an 1880’s setting from the Gilded Age.  I love that era and truly enjoyed researching and writing about it.  The book has lots of action, adventure, twists, turns, and great historical tidbits.  There’s a dashing hero, a courageous heroine, sweet romance, several antagonists, a villain, and lots of excitement.  It may be read as a stand-alone.

Here’s a link to the book trailer.  This is my favorite trailer of all of my book trailers! It’s short and sweet.

Treat yourself to a copy today!  I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s and enjoy all of the romance, action, drama, humor, suspense, faith, and inspiration in this exciting new release!  The Kindle eBook version is available at Amazon here –: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NQ63M3K/

New Release & Wyoming Christmas Extravaganza Invitation & Ginormous Giveaway Opportunity

Greetings friends! You’re invited to a wonderful Christmas party in the Whispers in Wyoming Facebook reader group.  (online event)

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Here’s the link to join the group.  Trust me, this party is always so much fun!  You won’t want to miss it!  25 authors will be sharing giveaways and hanging out with you over the course of this 3 day fun event!  Whispers in Wyoming (Facebook Reader Group)

Also, in addition to those giveaways and fun, the authors have teamed up with the authors of the Whispers in Wyoming series and are offering more fun with a chance for you to win one of  four grand prizes–:  One winner will win ALL 53 of these Kindle eBooks, another winner will win a Kindle Fire, one winner will win a $25.00 Amazon gift card, and one winner will receive a sweet little collection of at least 3 Christmas ornaments.  Here’s a link to enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win, and no newsletter sign ups are required!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/822e967c5/?

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Hope to see you at the party!  Be sure to join the group today so when the authors start doing their giveaways and sharing you’ll be seeing their posts and able to join in all the fun and merriment of this most wonderful Christmas season!

Again, here’s the link to join the Facebook reader group where the party will be–: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WhispersinWyomingRomance/

Here’s the rafflecopter to enter for your chance to win one of the grand prizes which will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 22nd in the reader group:

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In other news, here’s my latest new release and contribution to the “Whispers in Wyoming” series, a contemporary Christmas Inspirational and Christian western romance, All That Glitters.  Although this is book 16, it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.

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Nicole, the heroine in the story, is an actress from Santa Monica who decides to spend Christmas at The Sweetwater ranch in Wyoming with her daughter, Amy, to consider a proposal from her boyfriend, Drew, the billionaire architect of her acting career and owner of a studio and Hollywood legacy.  Enter, Jack Colten, a handsome new wrangler at the ranch.

In the following scene, Nicole has been ice skating and showing off some of her talents at the rink.  During a jump and spinning move, she landed wrong and fell, injuring her ankle badly.  Here’s a brief excerpt from “All That Glitters.”–:

Turning to Jack, Amy said, “Cowboy Jack, I’m so glad you’re here to help my mommy walk to the van.”
“I don’t think she’s going to be able to walk. I’ll just carry her. Nicole, put your arms around my neck and on the count of three. Ready?” Jack’s tone of authority left her no time to protest. What single girl wouldn’t mind wrapping their arms around such a handsome man anyhow? She did what he instructed and clasped her hands together behind his neck, her heart beating rapidly.
“One, two, three.” He scooped her up in seconds as if she weighed a feather. “Amy, will you…”
Eight-year-old Amy held up a hand toward Jack to silence him, finishing his sentence. “Talk to the hand, Cowboy Jack. I know, return the rental skates, get our stuff, and meet you at the van. Got it, get it, good!”
He shook his head and chuckled, pausing with her in his arms. “Man, she is smart as a whip!”
“See what I go through?” Nicole rolled her eyes and then Amy skated away to do everything needed. “Don’t forget my purse!”
“I won’t, Mom!” Amy called over one shoulder, nearly colliding with the wall on the edge of the rink.
“Watch where you’re going, and be careful!” Nicole called out as the handsome wrangler carried her to the van.
“I’ll be careful!” Amy called back.
“Yeah, what your mom said,” Jack added softly as he looked down at her and their eyes met, causing her to blush.
When he placed her in the front passenger seat of The Sweetwater van used to drive guests around the small city of Lander, his lips nearly brushed hers as he set her down. She could feel his warm breath on her lips and hear his heart beating against her own chest. She could tell by the look in his eyes they were both sorry the moment had come to an end.
He pulled away to help other passengers and gently closed the door. Nicole bit her lip and settled reluctantly into the seat, observing him closely when he walked around to the driver’s side. There was intense attraction pulling the two of them together. The pull was stronger than she’d first believed, and she reckoned it was a force they were both going to face at some point, soon. For the first time, she realized Jack knew it, too. His brown eyes said everything words couldn’t yet. At least she had the drive back to the ranch to look forward to. Maybe the handsome wrangler would finally talk to her, really talk to her. Deep down, she realized it was what she’d been hoping for since the first time she saw Jack Colten.
“All That Glitters” is free for KU readers or $2.99 to purchase for the Kindle version. Be sure to get your copy today.

https://www.amazon.com/That-Glitters-Whispers-Wyoming-Bo…/…/