Author: Kayleigh Lawson

Delamere pulls all the right strings in fast-paced The Heart’s Appeal

Jennifer Delamere’s newest novel, The Heart’s Appeal, is a fast-paced, tightly woven tale that pulls on all of the right strings. Once again, readers are submerged into the heart of a richly detailed Victorian London. While some of the characters are from the first novel in Delamere’s London Beginnings series, The Captain’s Daughter, there are many new friends to make. And as a bonus, it can be read as a standalone if you haven’t yet read the first novel. Julia and Michael are both strong, fascinating characters with great chemistry. This novel gives readers a glimpse into a dark side of the time, due to Julia’s desire to be a doctor. It shows what women had to deal with then. The Heart’s Appeal is an enjoyable, thought-provoking novel. About the Book Book Title: The Heart’s Appeal Author: Jennifer Delamere Release Date: March 6, 2018 Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance Strong-minded and independent, Julia Bernay has come to London to study medicine and become a doctor–a profession that has only just opened up to women. When she witnesses a serious accident, her quick action saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson. It’s only later that she learns he could be instrumental in destroying her dreams for the future. Coming from a family that long ago lost its status, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought...

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Readers, entrepreneurs reflect on Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

Small business is the backbone of America. — Chuck Fleischmann Small businesses abound throughout America and while almost everyone likes a good bargain, such as those offered at big box stores, nothing matches the service found at a family-owned business. As the nation marked Mom and Pop Business Owners Day on March 29, Ark City Daily Bytes readers were more than happy to highlight some of their locally owned businesses. “I shop Country Mart, Graves, M&M Meals for the Soul and Steamy Joe,” said lifelong Arkansas City resident Rags Smith. “And, of course, with 31st Century Techsupport.” Small business...

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A Loyal Heart proves Jody Hedlund still stands tallest among YA authors

Jody Hedlund once again has crafted a fun, fast-paced story that keeps you reading until the very end. As a fan of her Uncertain Choice series, I couldn’t wait to read the newest installment, A Loyal Heart. Hedlund takes a secondary character from For Love and Honor and makes him the hero of his own story. The characters of Aldric and Olivia are perfectly matched. Their interactions are a joy to read. While they both are extremely loyal, they also have a lot to learn about choosing loyalties wisely and not following blindly. Olivia’s dedication to her sister is completely understandable — I have two sisters myself — and makes her such a sympathetic character. Hedlund masterfully makes the time period come to life and feel very real to the reader. I highly recommend this entire series and the author’s works in general. She never disappoints! About the Book Title: A Loyal Heart Author: Jody Hedlund Genre: Adult medieval romance Release Date: March 6, 2018 He’s taken her as his prisoner. But she’s holding his heart captive. In gaining their freedom, will they lose what matters most? When Lady Olivia’s castle is besieged, she and her sister are taken captive and held for ransom by her father’s enemy, Lord Pitt. Loyalty to family means everything to Olivia. She’ll save her sister at any cost and do whatever her father...

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In Ashes on the Moor, Sarah Eden delivers page-turning masterpiece

Very rarely am I truly taken by surprise when it comes to a book. Normally, I have a pretty good idea of what I am getting myself into and how I will feel about a book before I start it. As a lifelong reader, I have my reading tastes finely honed. When I decided to read Sarah M. Eden’s Ashes on the Moor, I expected to find a sweet, enjoyable novel. I found exactly that … and so much more. At the start of Ashes on the Moor, Evangeline is lost. We watch as she grows into a deeper character...

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The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor is a creepy, thrilling old-school mystery novel

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when 12-year-old Eddie met Mr. Halloran — the Chalk Man. He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings — a way to leave secret messages for his friends — and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body. Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk and a drawing of a figure. Is history going to repeat itself? Was it ever really over? Will this game only end in the same way? I picked up C.J. Tudor’s The Chalk Man because it was being compared to Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” So in all honesty, I probably went into this novel with the wrong mindset. After reading the novel, I came away with mixed feelings. The dual timeline story added to the growing suspense as the story unfolded. However, I struggled to feel any real connection to the characters. I liked that the writing reminded me of an old-school mystery, albeit with more disturbing details. Honestly, there was a little too much of the creepy for me, as opposed to the thriller aspects. However, the novel has a ton of atmosphere — even if that atmosphere gave me the chills. If you like creepy, thrilling novels, give...

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