Thursday, March 1, 2012

Try it Thursday & Review {Giveaway}

This week for
"Try it Thursday & Review {Giveaway}"
I was lucky to have the opportunity to review
The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie.
And I mean....LUCKY!
It was a fantastic novel that I had a hard time putting down.

In my opinion, I loved this book! I especially loved the two main characters-Duke of St. Easton and Alexandria. Alexandria is a independent and strong willed women. She reminds me of Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She is confident and determined to find her parents. The Duke of St. Easton was faced with the order to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria. However, he was always a step behind but continued to remain dedicated to the task of keeping her safe. Is there a romance between the two? I sure hope they end up together. We shall see...

I also love how this is the first novel in the Forgotten Castles series. How am I ever going to wait till the next novel? The Forgiven Duke isn't coming out till July. Well, I checked out Carie's other novels and chose to read the Snow Angel which was a ForeWord magazine Romance book of the Year winner, USA Book News National "Best Books 2007" Awards winner, and 2008 RITA Awards Best First Book finalist. Well, it wasn't a surprise that I loved Snow Angel. Her other books can be found {HERE}. I love finding new authors that keep their readers interested the ENTIRE time. Jamie Carie is a inspirational fiction novelist with great ideas and characters whom we can relate to.

Here is some information...

About the Book:

The Guardian Duke is award-winning novelist Jamie Carie’s most exciting story yet, a uniquely arranged Regency-era romantic adventure where hero and heroine know each other through written letters but have yet to meet.

Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.

When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.

About the Author:

When she was six, Jamie’s parents met Jesus and soon after started a church. It changed everything.

Road trips with her dad—to and from Bible studies across Indiana—were filled with talks of things beyond earth’s bounds – creation and the fall, God and Jesus and the rapture, the earthly walk compared to the spiritual walk, and how we are born for more than what we can see or touch.

The highlight of those nights was stopping at a truck stop in the middle of the night where her dad would spend a little of the offering basket on two slices of pie and a couple of Cokes. Nothing ever felt so special as a middle of the night slice of pie with her dad. And nothing could stop the writing pouring out of her.

As Jamie’s relationship with God grew, she discovered her heart was filled with songs and poetry. During high school she wrote lyrics for her brother’s band. (And she sang them too!) After college, Jamie married, had two sons and decided to stay home with them. While she home schooled she wrote skits, poems, plays and short stories for school and church.

When her eldest son turned five she dove into the world of novels. She’d read romance novels for years, but couldn’t relate to the flawless, saintly heroines in Christian romance novels. So she decided to write her own.

Snow Angel was born on a frosty night in an old farmhouse in Fishers, Indiana, where the cold floor gave plenty of motivation for the snow scene. Jamie loves to write late at night when the house is quiet and the darkness seems alive. Elizabeth and Noah had been playacting in her head for a long time, so the story went fast.

Ten years later Snow Angel was published and won the ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year winner, was a National “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and a 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. It was the beginning of her dream career.

Jamie and her husband Tony have been married for twenty-one years and live in Indianapolis with their three sons and a giant of a dog named Leo.

If she could only say one thing to her readers it would be, “Live the dreams God has destined you for!”

And the best part about this review is that one of my lucky readers can win a copy of
The Guardian Duke.

How to enter the giveaway?

Follow Sweetly Made (Just for you) on facebook or twitter.

Additional Entries
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Watch The Guardian Duke's trailer on YouTube.
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Check out this review.
The giveaway will go till March 8th. The winner will be announced on March 9th. The winner will be chosen by Please leave your email address with each entry. Thank you and good luck!

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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  2. Following Sweetly Made on Facebook.

  3. Liked you on Facebook. Would love to win this novel!!

  4. Also liked the Guardian Duke on Facebook :)

  5. I follow you on twitter!

  6. I liked the Guardian Duke on facebook!

  7. I am following you on Facebook - Holly D Lawson

  8. I follow the Guardian Duke on Facebook - Holly D Lawson

  9. I watched the trailer on Youtube


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