Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Book Spotlight: An Unlikely Arrangement by Cindy Patterson

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About the Book

An Unlikely Arrangement

Title: An Unlikely Arrangement
Brides of Biltmore #1
Cindy Patterson
Springbrook Press, LLC
Release Date:
March 11, 2024
Historical Romance, Christian, Clean & Wholesome

In 1902, Abigail Dupree is but a breath away from her grand societal failure. To save her family from humiliation and financial ruin, Abigail becomes a bargaining trade in her mother’s eyes. A bargain that will extinguish Abigail’s last hope of a happily-ever-after. If only she could return to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, she might have a chance to reunite with the only man who has the power to save her reputation. 

Garrett Barringer arrives in Charlotte, North Carolina to escape a past that no longer wants him. He takes an undisclosed position with Mr. Dupree. When it is revealed that part of Mr. Dupree’s purpose for bringing him on board is to chaperone his beloved daughter, Garrett abruptly discovers that he has taken on more than he bargained for. Abigail Dupree is more beguiling than any other woman he’s encountered, but he must resist his heart for the sake of propriety and to keep a promise made to her father. 

When her father hires Garrett Barringer, a man that seems far too young to be a lawyer, and possesses far too many favorable characteristics, Abigail resists his charm but cannot deny her heart is compelling her toward him. But she will not allow the man to ruin an opportunity she has waited for nearly five years. 

Garrett is suddenly aware what his life was and what it could become in the presence of Abigail Dupree. Will he be able to give up the woman who has stolen his heart, for her happiness? 

Abigail stands to lose all if Garrett Barringer sees past her physical beauty and uncovers the ugliness of her imperfect past. Will Abigail continue on the condemned path she’s fashioned for herself, or trust that God wants a future for her she never believed possible?  

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Oh, dear heavens, she could kiss the man. “Thank you very much, Mr. Barringer.”

Ridges scored into the flesh above his eyes. “You remembered my name?”

Her cheeks burned for more than one reason as he tilted his head, leaving her with that crooked smile, and disappearing into the crowd.

Had it been wrong to say his name? Had she given him an indication that he was memorable? Of course, she was mostly thankful she had not blurted his given name since the name Garrett had been swimming around in her head since their earlier meeting. Abigail wasn’t quite sure how she felt about being persuaded to accept Mr. Barringer’s thoughtfulness. She was only certain she must broaden the distance between them. There was something intriguing about the man—a charming blend of strength, gentility, and charisma. And even though this was only her second encounter with him, her fascination had already deepened beyond harmless curiosity.

A rarity for her, indeed. Then the thought of actually kissing him robbed her of her breath.

Oh, dear heavens, indeed!

About the Author

Cindy Patterson

Award-winning author Cindy Patterson believes in captivating romance and happy endings. In her stories, she loves to give glimpses of how God can use brokenness and make them whole. She reads a lot, drinks too much coffee, and wishes she had more time to write. Author of Chasing Paradise, Broken Butterfly, and Shattered Treasure, she loves to connect with her readers.

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Epic Book Launch: To Speak His Name by Tara Johnson

About the Book

Book Title: To Speak His Name
Author: Tara Johnson
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date:
March 4, 2024

Avalina is a woman trapped in silence. Stolen from her home in Ireland and sold as a slave to a Barbados plantation owner, the trauma of her past has left her mute, wrapped in a prison of loneliness and isolation amid an island of beauty. Though she longs to be free from the cruelty of her overseer, her heart yearns for a greater freedom…something just beyond her grasp.

Josiah Holland has been born into a South Carolina slave-holding family but all it takes is one trip to the island of Barbados to open his eyes to the ugly cruelty that abounds beyond the confines of his plantation. With the aid of fiery abolitionist Benjamin McGee, Josiah forges a new future, fighting the very ideals he was once a part of.

When Avalina and Josiah’s lives entwine, will their spark engulf them in destruction, or ignite a revolution?

Book Excerpt

Swallowing the dread settling like a noose around my throat, I hurried out the door, ignoring the bustle of servants and the scents of the midday meal preparations. I tossed the cold ashes onto the heap outside the pig pen, barely hearing their grunts as they rooted in the mud. Heat warmed my shoulders and danced across my cheeks. I raised my face to the sun, longing for … what? Something elusive. Something I had no words to describe.

“Ah, there she is. The Red Bird of Paradise.”

My smile grew at the mention of my old nickname. Dear Matias. His white teeth flashed and he stopped next to the sty, taking a moment to wipe his stained shirtsleeve against his sweaty forehead. Gray peppered his springy curls.

“It’ll be a hot one today, eh, Red Bird?”

I nodded and smiled at the old nickname. Matias had called me Red Bird of Paradise ever since I had been brought to the island, declaring that my red hair reminded him of the tropical bloom. Only Molly and Master Cyrene remembered my real name. To everyone else, I was that girl.

I didn’t mind being invisible. Invisible was safe.

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Tara Johnson is an author and speaker, and loves to write stories that help people break free from the lies they believe about themselves.

Tara’s debut novel Engraved on the Heart (Tyndale) earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was a finalist in the Carol and Christy awards. Tara has been published by Tyndale House, Annie’s, and Guideposts. In addition to being published in a variety of digital and print magazines, she is a certified body language expert and has been on radio, television and podcasts. She is a history nerd, especially the Civil War, and adores making people laugh. She, her husband, and children live in Arkansas.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Author Interview: Lovin' On Red by Mary Pat Johns

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About the Book

Lovin' On Red

Title: Lovin' On Red
Romance in Valiant #2
Mary Pat Johns
Scrivenings Press
Release Date:
April 9, 2024
Christian Contemporary Romance

He has everything … except what he wants most. 

Rory is a wildly successful contractor with all the right connections. He has everything, except the woman who sees past his missing foot. If only the tiny redhead he’s insanely attracted to would go on a date with him, it could work, but Vi refuses. 

Licensed massage therapist Vi Summers needs her childhood home remodeled, and Rory Spence is the perfect man for the job. Only he’s the last person she wants to work with. Despite Rory’s reputation as a flirt, his tender attention to getting her house right helps Vi see into his heart. Too bad her past mistakes prevent a future relationship. 

Drawn together like magnets, they navigate trouble with illegal squatters, family expectations, and fire. Will they finally be honest with each other, or will their secrets tear them apart?  

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This morning, new strength fortified her and refused to let go.

Even if Rory trampled her heart into pieces, she would get to the bottom of this.

Vi rubbed her puffy eyes, not wanting to look in a mirror— no doubt she looked atrocious.

Decision made, she flew through her morning routine. Plaiting her hair, she remembered Rory playing with the loose strands. With shaky fingers, she undid the long braid, then pulled it back with a band. She wouldn’t go down without a fight. She donned an outfit and applied makeup. The earrings he’d given her stayed on the dresser. Showing grit was all well and good. Acting like a lovesick idiot? Not so much.

If he meant what he said in the break-up text, maybe she’d hang in Houston awhile to figure out Plan B.

Did that mean Rory was Plan A?

Vi left to find out.

About the Author

Mary Pat Johns

Mary Pat Johns lives in South Texas with the love of her life and two spoiled dachshunds. You can find her at the gym, on her computer, or  reading a book.

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Author Interview with Mary

Q: What was the inspiration behind Lovin’ on Red?

Mary: I wrote the first draft of Lovin’ On Red during our country’s deep isolation due to COVID. It was such a bewildering time, I wanted to give readers something to look forward to.

Q: How long did it take you to write this story? 

Mary: The first draft took about three months, but the revisions took much longer. I worked on it in between learning how to market and doing my first book launch and debut release, so probably a solid year of devotion to Lovin’ On Red.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote from this book?

Mary: I have several but my all-time favorite is when Rory goes to Houston. Here’s the excerpt:

Rory gently clasped her raised hand with one of his, then caught a tendril of hair flying across her face with his other hand and tucked it behind her ear. “You need to set aside the knee-jerk reaction. The one where you shut me out. I love you, Vi. You don’t have anything to fear from me.” His calm, reasonable voice steadied her, though her mind insisted on reciting the reasons she left.

Q: What do you hope readers take away from Lovin’ on Red

Mary: I want readers to see the extravagant grace of God at work and realize, maybe hope for the first time, that His grace and goodness isn’t limited to our understanding of how it’s supposed to happen.

Q: Lovin’ on Red has such a cute cover. Do you have a favorite cover from among the books you’ve written? 

Mary: Thank you. I also love it. Our graphics editor does a lovely job. Probably my favorite is my first book Countin’ On Jesse. The vector image I chose for Jesse, though I didn’t know it at the time, resembles a portrait my mom painted of my dad. He’s in heaven now, but the images are eerily similar. And I love how it set the tone for the other book covers in the series.

Q: Would you share something about yourself that most readers would not know? 

Mary: In addition to teaching high school for a long time, I taught Bible classes to adults for years. How that translates to writing romance, I’ve never been able to figure out, except God’s pursuit of us is the best love story of all time.

Q: How long ago did you start writing? 

Mary: I’ve dabbled at it for years, but seven years ago, I realized I needed to actively pursue it or I wouldn’t accomplish my goal of becoming a published author. I had to let go of “good” things and treat it like a job instead of a hobby.

Q: What is your favorite thing about being a writer? 

Mary: I enjoy the creative act of writing and sharing my heart through stories. And it’s also quite pleasant to work from home.

Q: Do you prefer to read ebooks or physical copies? 

Mary: For fiction, I love ebooks. However, when I do research or Bible study, I prefer hard copies that I can mark up.

Q: How many bookcases are in your home? 

Mary: At this writing, I have three overflowing bookcases. For years, I’ve given books away, and that’s also part of the reason I like ebooks. They don’t take up near as much space.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing? 

Mary: You can always find me reading a good book. I enjoy cooking too and make time to try out new recipes. And I’m crazy looking forward to meeting my Brazilian daughter-in-law and helping her learn how to do life in the States.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Epic Book Launch: Tangled Secrets by S.F. Baumgartner

About the Book

Book Title: Tangled Secrets
Author: S.F. Baumgartner
Genre: Christian Suspense Thriller
Release Date: April 29, 2024

Two women. One targeted by an unknown enemy. One being accused of murder. Will they overcome their obstacles?

The twenty-five-year-old schoolteacher Grace Benson is living a quiet life until she receives a threatening note. Her life turns upside down when the FBI becomes involved.

The middle-aged wedding planner Sheila Mitchell comes home to find her husband dead before she’s knocked out. When she comes to, the murder weapon’s in her hand.

Will Grace survive? And will Sheila’s ex-husband, an FBI agent, clear her name? Who is targeting these women?

Book Excerpt

The drive home was less than ten minutes, but a pair of headlights had stayed behind her since she left the parking lot. She turned into her apartment complex. The headlights stuck with her. Heart pounding, she remembered reading a post on social media about situations like this. Instead of parking, she turned back around, headed to the closest police station, entered the lot, and honked.

An officer came out. “Ma’am, is there a problem?”

“Yeah, a car is following me.” She twisted in her seat to point it out, but it was, of course, gone.

He looked to where she pointed. “Stay here, ma’am.”

He walked to the curb, checked up and down the street, and came back. “Sorry, ma’am. I don’t see any car out there stopping or acting suspicious.”

The officer offered to escort her back to her apartment building. She accepted the offer. She knew the car was there. Or perhaps it was simply traveling in the same direction? But why follow her to her apartment complex? Then again, why would anyone follow her?

About the Author

S.F. Baumgartner is a Christian suspense thriller author. She graduated from the University of Hawaii and the University of Cincinnati. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her cats, staying active, and binge-watching crime TV shows. She lives in Ohio with her family.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Book Review: Mostly What God Does by Savannah Guthrie

 About the Book:

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Mostly what God does is love you.

If we could believe this, really believe this, how different would we be? How different would our lives be? How different would our world be?

If you ever struggle with your connection to God (or whether you even feel connected to a faith at all!), you're not alone. Especially in our modern world, with its relentless, never-ending news cycle, we can all grapple with such questions. Do we do that alone, with despair and resignation? Or do we make sense of it with God, and with hope? In these uncertain times, could believing in the power of divine love make the most sense?

In this collection of essays, Savannah Guthrie shares why she believes it does. Unspooling personal stories from her own joys and sorrows as a daughter, mother, wife, friend, and professional journalist, the award-winning TODAY show coanchor and New York Times bestselling author explores the place of faith in everyday life.

Sharing hard-won wisdom forged from mountaintop triumphs, crushing failures, and even the mundane moments of day-to-day living, Mostly What God Does reveals the transformative ways that belief in God helps us discover real hope for this life and beyond.

A perfect companion to your morning cup of coffee, this incisive volume—not a memoir but a beautiful tapestry of reflections crafted as a spiritual manual—includes:
  • a fresh, biblically rooted look at six essentials of faith: love, presence, grace, hope, gratitude, and purpose;
  • an honest exploration of questions, doubts, and fears about the love of God;
  • a dose of encouragement for the faith-full, the faith-curious, and the faith-less; and
  • …and much more.
This deeply personal collection is designed to engage the practical ways that God loves you—not just the world, but you—and to inspire you to venture down a path of faith that is authentic, hopeful, destiny-shaping, and ultimately life-changing.

Guthrie persuasively renders the evolution of a hard-won religious belief that makes room for imperfection and "does not require us to ignore... the sorrows we experience or the unjustness we see but to believe past it." This openhearted offering inspires. - Publishers Weekly

My Thoughts:

I admit that I picked up Mostly What God Does by Savannah Guthrie because I recognized the author’s name. Right away, Guthrie correctly informs the reader that this book is not a memoir (though she shares some life experiences). The subtitle aptly describes the book: Reflections on Seeking and Finding His [God’s] Love Everywhere. It’s not a memoir. It’s not a typical devotional. It is thirty-one honest reflections written in a conversational manner.

In Mostly What God Does, Guthrie divides the book’s content into sections: love, presence, praise, grace, hope, and purpose. The positives of Christian faith (love, grace, heaven, community) are present, but the hard topics also appear. (Why does a good God allow suffering and evil? Is our view of God incorrect?) Guthrie admits to not understanding everything, which I appreciate because I can relate. However, she takes what she believes and exhorts readers to authentically practice the tenets of traditional Christian faith.

I liked the entry lengths in Mostly What God Does. At 3-5 pages long, the entries are substantially more than a single-page daily devotional, but less than a full chapter within a Christian living book. For me, this was an ideal length. Two entries that stood out to me were: Chapter 7: God’s Telephone Number and Chapter 20: He Reclined.

I found Mostly What God Does: Reflections on Seeking and Finding His Love Everywhere by Savannah Guthrie to be thoughtful and interesting. The book holds reminders of spiritual truths to uplift the reader while also encouraging the reader to intentionally practice his or her beliefs.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Author Interview: Every Bird That Falls by Sara Davison

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About the Book

Every Bird That Falls

Title: Every Bird That Falls
two sparrows for a penny # 3
Sara Davison
Independently published through The Mosaic Collection
Release Date:
April 3, 2024
Christian Romantic Suspense

Lies have kept them apart for eight years.  

Now the truth could destroy them completely. 

Bomb squad leader Tag Monroe’s world is shattered when his sister and her foster sister are abducted by a human trafficker. Eight years later, the two of them have been miraculously freed. As thrilled as he is to be reunited with his sister, Tag has lingering questions. 

How did Jae-won Lin, the third foster sister, elude capture that night? Why didn’t she call the police or Tag to let them know what happened? And where has she been for the last eight years? He loved Jae once, but he can’t let her back into his life until he has more information. 

Unfortunately, time is running out. Someone powerful is coming after Jae, bent on revenge. If Tag can’t get to her before her mysterious pursuer, Jae could take the answers to all Tag’s questions to her grave. 

Along with any hope the two of them might have to find their way to each other again.  

The explosive Christian romantic suspense series two sparrows for a penny by multi-award-winning author Sara Davison continues with this on-the-edge-suspense love story that might finally answer the question: Where was Jae?  

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The muscles that had gone tense loosened. “All right, look. Even if we were really young, maybe we did feel that way once. Me, anyway. But too much has happened. I can’t feel that way now.”

Cole pursed his lips. “Interesting wording. You can’t, not that you don’t. Sounds like you’re trying to convince yourself.” He held up a hand when Tag started to protest. “You have no idea what happened to Jae. She loves Tala and Rose. If she’d been able to let anyone know what happened to them, she would have done it.”

Tag ran the side of his good hand across his forehead, leaving a damp streak. “I guess you’re right.”

“I am right. Something happened to her too. And my guess is it was traumatic. My advice is to keep an open mind so that, when you do track her down, you’ll be able to hear her out.”

“So, you’re saying I shouldn’t shoot first and ask questions later? Because that was my plan.”

Cole laughed. “I don’t recommend that, no. Even if it turns out that Jae isn’t as innocent as I believe she is, Rose and Tala won’t appreciate you shooting their sister.”

“She shot me first,” Tag muttered.

About the Author

Sara Davison

Sara Davison has a passion for writing stories that keep readers on the edge of their seats—and maybe swooning a little. A finalist for more than a dozen national writing awards, including the Christy Award, Davison is a Cascade, Word, and two-time Carol Award winner for romantic suspense. She lives in Ontario with her husband, Michael. Like every good Canadian, she loves coffee, hockey, poutine, and apologizing for no particular reason.

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Author Interview with Sara

What was the inspiration behind Every Bird That Falls?

The inspiration behind the two sparrows for a penny series came from a talk I heard at a women’s conference on human trafficking. We were in Ottawa, my country’s capital, and the speaker said that if we were staying in a hotel that night, which we were, there was a very high likelihood that someone in the building would be trafficked that night. Her talk drove home for me how prevalent this pure evil is and planted the seeds for what would become this series. While Every Bird That Falls doesn’t focus on trafficking like the first two books, it touches on it and emphasizes again the theme that no matter what our circumstances, what we have done or has been done to us, God sees us, cares for us, loves us, and will never abandon us.

Q: How long did it take you to write this story?

Normally it takes me about six months to write a book and get it ready to publish. In the case of Every Bird That Falls, I had fallen behind in my writing due to unexpected life circumstances—the loss of my husband’s job and a subsequent move—and ended up having to write almost all of it in a month. Not something I recommend or would like to do often, but through God’s grace I was able to get it done.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote from this book?

I have several favorite quotes, but I’ll share this one: 

Jae dabbed at the wound in his shoulder. “I need to clear enough blood away to figure out what we’re dealing with.”

“What we’re dealing with? Seems I’m the only one having to deal with it.”

“You’re a big, strong man. You can handle it.”

If any woman had ever said big, strong man with less admiration in her voice, Tag hadn’t heard it. 

Q: What do you hope readers take away from Every Bird That Falls?

The theme of every book I write, and the books in the two sparrows for a penny series most of all, is that we are never alone. That God sees us, knows us, watches over us, and loves us no matter what we are going through or what we have done or has been done to us. With every story I send into the world, I pray that those truths will go deep into my readers’ hearts and encourage them and give them hope.

Q: Would you share something about yourself that most readers would not know?

Although I am now one of those people for whom public speaking is a greater fear than death, I actually won several public speaking awards when I was in public school. Then I started writing my sister’s speeches and realized that was the side I wanted to be on—creating the stories for other people to share or read.

Q: How long ago did you start writing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing stories, and I have a vivid memory of being about nine years old and walking up and down the aisles of our local library, running my fingers along the spines and thinking, All these people wrote a book. It can be done. I could do this. I didn’t start seriously writing until about fifteen years ago though, when the idea for an entire story came into my head during church one Sunday morning. That idea became my first book and my only standalone—The Watcher.

Q: What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

The absolute best thing for me is hearing from a reader that one of my stories drew them closer to God. That is the work of the Holy Spirit, not me, but it is an incredible blessing when He uses my words that way. My second favorite thing is being part of the community of writers and readers of Christian fiction, as it is such a beautiful, supportive, encouraging family.

Q:Do you prefer to read ebooks or physical copies?

Tough question to answer. I resisted ebooks for many years, but finally gave in and bought an e-reader since it is extremely convenient (and usually cheaper). Having said that, reading an actual book is an experience that cannot be duplicated electronically, and if convenience and money were no objects, I would go with a real book every time.

Q: How many bookcases are in your home?

Actually, I don’t have a lot of books in my home. I used to, and I loved every one of them, but my husband and I have moved eleven times in our twenty-eight years of marriage, and it just wasn’t feasible to keep moving around boxes of books. When I need a physical copy in my hands, I go to the library and treat myself to a book or two.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

When I’m not actually sitting at my computer (which doesn’t mean I’m not writing in my head) I love spending time with my husband, Michael, and our three mostly grown kids. I also love going for coffee or a meal out with friends, writing retreats at a cottage, road trips, reading, long walks along the water, going to live theatre, or watching movies, preferably old classics with Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, or Gregory Peck.

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