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Strike the Match (The Teacup Novellas Book 2) Kindle Edition

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The Teacup Novellas - Bestselling author Diane Moody does it again this time with her delightful novella series based on a family heirloom collection of vintage teacups. Each delicate cup and saucer inspires a unique stand-alone story, whether it's set in a college town in Texas, a quaint seaside village in Oregon, or a small rural town just down the road from Nashville. Follow the legacy of these teacups through tales of romance and mystery with a touch of faith. - OBT Bookz

Book One - Tea with Emma
Book Two - Strike the Match
Book Three - Home to Walnut Ridge
Book Four - At Legend's End
Book Five - A Christmas Peril

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  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 149 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: OBT Bookz (November 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CC6ZTU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Diane Hale Moody is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She lives with her husband Ken (author McMillian Moody) in the rolling hills just outside of Nashville. They are the proud parents of two grown and extraordinary children, Hannah and Ben.

Just after moving to Tennessee in 1999, Diane felt the tug of a long-neglected passion to write again. Since then, she's written a column for her local newspaper, feature articles for various magazines and curriculum, and several novels with a dozen more stories eagerly vying for her attention.

When she's not reading or writing, Diane enjoys an eclectic taste in music and movies, great coffee, the company of good friends, and the adoration of a peculiar little pooch named Darby.

**Coming soon, Beyond the Shadow of War, the sequel to the bestselling Of Windmills and War.

Visit Diane's website at and her blog, "just sayin'" at

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S Wilson on December 29, 2011
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Lucy and her teacups make for great storytelling. This time it's about Keri--an undergrad with journalistic dreams meeting a burned out newsman--or is he? And speaking of burned out--there's an arsonist on the loose in the small Oregon coastal community. Sure, it makes for some great headlines for the budding reporter, but maybe what's really at stake is Keri's heart.

I look forward to the next installment of Lucy's teacup novellas...something about Tennessee?? Bring it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sherrie on January 30, 2013
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First, I thought the prologue and epilogue was quite interesting. I was hoping the story would be more like that, but I found it disappointing.

The story itself was ok but I really didnt get the romance part of it. The main character seems immature and very petty, and it really didnt flow how he suddenly came to love her after their interactions were mainly of her being rude, and him thinking she was immature.

I got this book thinking it was a Christian romance (as it was listed on a Christian book list), and I did see references to "faith", more so from the aunt. Keri was not a believer by her own admission and there did not seem to be a struggle of coming to faith (or any indication that God for her was Biblical). Her moving in that direction was a vague voice in her head she attributed to God, and yet that seemed enough for Grant, who it seemed was a believer.

Anyway, their romance seemed to come out of nowhere and to me was not terribly believable.

The rest of the story was mostly interesting, but as a package, I was left wanting more.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L Miller VINE VOICE on January 28, 2012
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This is a continuation of the 'Teacup novellas'. What I said in that review applies here. It takes more skill and carftsmanship, in my opinion, to build a satisfying short story. This story is ok, but not particularly satisfying. A novella gives a little more 'wiggle room' than short stories do, but it too often comes out as a long short story (and even too long). It's not easy to strike the proper balance. I've known many portrait and landscape painters and sculptors. They all say the trick to art is knowing when you're finished with the work. The same is true of stories. Some stories have strong characters or fun characters or riveting plots which beg for a longer format. Some get squashed into short stories or novellas, where there isn't enough canvas on which to draw out the stories or characterizations. It's the mark of a very good writer to know what kind of canvass to use, or to be able to fit their work to the format required.

Moody's title for this work was not quite a fit: It suggests more action than actually takes place. Her characters are pleasant, engaging, but not overly well developed. Her female characters have more depth. The males are paper standup figures, for the most part--at least in these novellas. I have more Moody works in my Kindle. I'll save them for a rainy day, or for a day when I need a light lift.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Voracious Reader on December 7, 2012
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Going to a prestigious university in New York to study journalism cost much more than Keri McMillan thought, so, after two years, she comes back home to work for her dad's construction company in Oregon. When his latest project burns to the ground, she discovers he's near bankruptcy. Grant Dawson is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, so Keri can't understand why he chose to leave Los Angles to run the little Waterford Weekly. After the fire, he hires her as a reporter, and gives her the assignment of finding the arsonist.

I didn't like this novella quite as much as I did the first one in this series, TEA WITH EMMA. Keri was too self-centered, prickly, mouthy, and hard. I knew who was setting the fires from the first time he came in the picture, but this only made me feel good, and didn't detract from the story. STRIKE THE MATCH left too many questions unanswered. We don't even know if Keri's dad is able to weather his financial storm or if she'll finish her degree or stay in Waterford. This one should have been longer and really finished. It almost appeared as if the author became tired of it too soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kathryn on March 29, 2014
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I read books 1 and 3 in the Teacup novellas, greatly enjoyed them as light inspirational romance, and was eagerly looking forward to reading the others in the series. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed in book 2 "Strike The Match". The characters were not well developed, and I would not consider it a Christian romance, as there was almost no reference to the Lord. I found Keri to be an extremely unlikeable person throughout almost the entire book (very unlike Maddie and Tracey in books 1 & 3); and it was not at all believable why male lead Grant (supposedly a believer) would be attracted to someone like her, other than their shared interest in journalism.

I was originally very excited to have discovered a new author I greatly enjoyed reading; but my enthusiasm has been tempered after reading this book. I am still planning on reading the rest of the books in the series, and hope they recapture the interesting characters, light romance, and believable spiritual journeys I enjoyed in books 1 & 3.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Loves to Read on April 4, 2012
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The main female character, Keri, is rude, obnoxious, rude, self-centered, rude, unlikable, and did I mention ... rude! I just fininshed chapter 3 and I don't think I'm going to finish reading it. I very rarely not finish a book.
Usually you get to know a character and like them ... and if they say or do something not nice, you can excuse them. But when a character starts off being horrible .. not inspired to keep reading to see if she ever gets nice. I like everyone else in the book except her, and frankly at this point I could care less what happens to her.
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